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College Readiness as a Graduation Requirement

Joe Booth | Monday, April 29, 2013

To be considered for admission to the University of California (UC) or the California State University (CSU) system, high school students must complete all a–g courses with
grades of C or higher. The a–g course sequence includes 30 semesters of UC-approved college preparatory coursework in seven subject areas, and completion indicates a high level of academic preparation. Recently, four large school districts (San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland) adopted new graduation policies requiring that students complete these courses to obtain a high school diploma. These policy changes are in part a response to concern expressed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups about wide variations in a–g completion rates across high schools in major urban districts.

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