Fewer than 4 in 10 California high school students are completing the requirements to be eligible for the state's public universities, fueling worries of a shortage of college-educated workers when the value of a bachelor's degree has never been higher...Looks to me like we're doing better than we were in 1994, when we were using Whole Language and fuzzy math here in California. The math standards under Common Core are taking us back, but that's for a different post.
In 1994, 32 percent of public school graduates met the course and grade prerequisites, known as "A-G requirements" because they cover seven subject areas. For the Class of 2012, it was 38 percent...
The sobering numbers do not tell the whole story, according to John Rogers, director of UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access. Once students who drop out or do not finish high school in four years are removed from the equation, the proportion of public high school graduates who met the UC and CSU entrance criteria in 2012 drops to 30 percent statewide, 20 percent for Latinos and 18 percent for African-Americans, Rogers said.
So why are so few students prepared? Part of the reason is the fault of schools, but I honestly believe that the lion's share of the reason is culture.