San Diego School Board Passes ‘A-G’ Resolution
The San Diego Unified School Board took a bold step towards ensuring that all students will graduate high school prepared to become lifelong learners in an ever changing economy and will be prepared for their choice of post-secondary education.
In a vote of 4 to 1 last night, the school board adopted a resolution directing the superintendent to develop a plan to provide the rigorous ‘A-G’ curriculum to all students beginning in the academic year 2010-11.
The ‘A-G’ course sequence is made up of 15 courses that teach core academic skills in English, Math, Science, and other subjects. Students who complete the sequence are better prepared to enter a variety of post-secondary education and training programs including rigorous apprenticeship programs, community-college degree programs, and universities without having to take remedial classes.
Because only 4 in 10 high school graduates in the county complete the ‘A-G’ sequence–a far lower rate than in most other major counties in the state–the Education Consortium has been urging school districts across the county to adopt ‘A-G’ as the default curriculum such as has been done in San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles. The San Diego Unified School District is the first district in the county to adopt ‘A-G’ as the default curriculum and now leads the way for other districts to follow.
The Education Consortium of San Diego County, which is made up of more than 25 organizations and includes students, parents, community members and community leaders, applauds this visionary step.