Study Finds That Only 25% Of LAUSD Grads Earn A College Degree Within 6 Years Of Graduation

We already know that LAUSD in 2015 had a real graduation rate of 54%.  Also, we know that 45% of the graduates, graduate with a “D” average.  So how good is the education for the 55% with a C or better average?  Results show that only 25% of LAUSD grads get a college degree in SIX years

“The study by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and Claremont Graduate University found that among graduates in the LAUSD class of 2008, only 25 percent actually earned a college degree within six years.

The report’s authors — who also tracked the college success of the classes of 2013 and 2014 — said the research points the need for LAUSD students to be better prepared for higher education to ensure more graduates enroll in college, stay in college and earn a degree.

How can they be prepared for college if the District spend millions on providing phony credits to deliver a worthless diploma?  When a district is using education money to create a task force to protect illegal aliens, provide education on sex by Planned Parenthood, use education dollars to pay for union leaders to extort teachers and blackmail the public—of course education is not a priority.

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Study Finds That Only 25% Of LAUSD Grads Earn A College Degree Within 6 Years Of Graduation

LA West Media,  8/30/17

In what’s being billed as the first extensive effort to track the college success of Los Angeles Unified School District graduates, a study released Wednesday found that about 70 percent of LAUSD grads enroll in a two- or four-year college, but only about 60 percent persist to a second year.

Need For LAUSD Students To Be Better Prepared

The study by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and Claremont Graduate University found that among graduates in the LAUSD class of 2008, only 25 percent actually earned a college degree within six years.

The report’s authors — who also tracked the college success of the classes of 2013 and 2014 — said the research points the need for LAUSD students to be better prepared for higher education to ensure more graduates enroll in college, stay in college and earn a degree.

Fewer Than One-Third Of Grads Have A Or B Average

According to the report, fewer than one-third of 2014 LAUSD graduates had an A or B average, and only one-fourth who took the SAT or ACT scored above the national average.

“In LAUSD, graduates with at least a B average were five times more likely to complete a four-year degree than graduates with lower grades,” according to the report. “Because students’ academic performance in high school depends very heavily on the academic skills students have acquired earlier in their lives, improving students’ academic performance is not a task limited to high schools and their students.

Improvement Needs To Start Early

The responsibility for improving LAUSD students’ academic skills begins early in children’s lives and continues throughout their academic career, and should involve the entire school community as well as the families and other adults who work with students to ensure that they are prepared for their highest educational aspirations.”

District Must Work To Help Students And Families To Prepare

The report’s authors said the district must work to ensure students complete their A-G course requirements with at least a C average, and ensure students and their families have a full understanding of the college- application and financial-aid-application processes.

Often, College Eligible Grads Do Not Enroll In College

“More than one in six LAUSD graduates who were academically eligible to attend a public four-year college did not enroll in any college in the year following high school graduation,” the study found. “Another one in six of those eligible for four-year college enrolled in a two-year rather than a four- year college. These students completed their A-G course requirements and earned the combination of grades and SAT scores that made them eligible for a California State University, yet they did not enroll in a four-year college.”

Frances Gipson, LAUSD’s chief academic officer, said the reports recommendations are in line with district efforts to prepare students to succeed in college.

“Work To Foster A College-Going Climate”

The report’s goals “serve as the framework for an array of strategies we are implementing to address the needs of students, families and schools,” Gipson said. “We are passionate about continuing our work to foster a college- going climate in our schools and to strengthen our college planning and academic supports as we provide more robust counseling services for our students.”

70% Of 2014 LAUSD Grads Enrolled In College

According to the report, 68% of LAUSD graduates in 2008 enrolled in a two- or four-year college, most of them in a two-year school. Only 59 percent of them persisted into a second year of college, and only 25 percent earned a degree within six year.

Among 2013 graduates, 68 percent enrolled in college, and 57 percent continued into a second year. For the class of 2014, 70 percent of LAUSD graduates enrolled in college.

Study To Continue To Track Grads

“It will be important to continue to track these college-going outcomes in upcoming years to understand students’ successes and challenges as they progress through college, and to learn about how college outcomes change for future graduate cohorts,” said Thomas Jacobson, Luskin Master of Public Policy graduate and co-author of the report.

Counselors Complain Of Overwhelming Caseloads

A companion study, based on a survey of LAUSD high school staffers and students and external service providers, found that counselors were burdened with overwhelming caseloads limiting their ability to work with students. More than 75 percent of counselors said they have the information available to assist students with college applications and financial-aid processes, but less than half said they have enough time to give students the help they need.

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