Raising grad rates, lowering standards | Joanne

Graduation rates are up in Los Angeles Unified. But standards are down, writes Conor Williams.

The LA Unified board lowered graduation requirements, allowing 53 percent of the class of ’16 to graduate with D’s in core courses, according to LA School Report.

The district relies heavily on “credit recovery” programs, reports Sonali Kohli for the Los Angeles Times. “Measuring the rigor of credit-recovery methods is difficult . . . because of a lack of consistency in how the programs are run from school to school.”
“Even before the district embraced new methods of credit recovery,” few…

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