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KPBS: Admission Offers Up At UC San Diego


UC San Diego announced Wednesday that it has offered admission to more than 30,000 freshmen for the fall semester, almost 3,800 more than last year, and around 9,800 transfer students, up by more than 1,650.

The students were selected from a record 84,209 freshman and 18,487 transfer applications. The admitted freshman class includes 58 percent more Mexican-Americans and 46 percent more African-Americans, according to the university.

Alliance San Diego Applauds SDUSD for Preparing Students for 21st Century

Alliance San Diego celebrates the Class of 2016 in San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) for being on track to graduate at a record-breaking 92 percent. This class of 2016 will also be the first graduating class that will have completed the implementation of the A-G graduation requirements, which is a career and college prep curriculum designed to ensure students are prepared for the 21st century.

Beginning with the Class of 2016, SDUSD changed its graduation policy to provide A-G courses to all students regardless of the school they attended. The change in policy came in response to the advocacy of Alliance San Diego and a coalition of education stakeholders who sought to address concerns about equity and workforce gaps.

Read more about our research on A-G courses and the Class of 2016 in SDUSD here.

Record Number of San Diego Students Set to Graduate


For Immediate Release
Contact: Ricardo Favela, [email protected] (760) 659-3620
Erwin Mendoza, [email protected] (619) 736-0358

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 Alliance San Diego applauds SDUSD for preparing students for 21st century

SAN DIEGO, CA — Alliance San Diego celebrates the Class of 2016 in San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), which is on track to graduate more of its students than ever before.  This year’s high school seniors will be the first class of graduates to complete the implementation of the A-G graduation requirements, a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for career and college in the 21st century.

KPBS: San Diego Unified High School Graduation Rates Higher Than Expected


San Diego Unified says it’s on track to set a record for the highest high school graduation rate among the state’s five largest districts. The announcement comes just two months after the Public Policy Institute of California warned that the district was expected to graduate about 20 percent fewer students under more stringent graduation requirements.

KPBS: What Role Does Race Play In Academic Achievement In California?


Research on the academic achievement gap is often based on comparing student test scores. But Gilda Ochoa, a professor of Chicana studies and sociology at Pomona College, went straight to the source.

Ochoa, author of “Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Achievement Gap,”interviewed hundreds of high school students, counselors and teachers in Southern California to examine how race plays a role in academic success.

Voice of San Diego: The District’s Ambitious New Plan to Serve English-Learners


By Mario Koran

I opened a story last year by zooming in on Ángel Solorzano, a student at Kearny High.

Solorzano arrived at Kearny speaking very little English. When he met his new principal, Ana Diaz-Booz, the two communicated in sign language. He was one of 32,000 English-learners in San Diego Unified schools who aren’t proficient in English.

Diaz-Booz had an option. She could keep Solorzano in separate classes, where he’d build his language skills until he was ready to enter mainstream classes and take college-prep classes. Some parents and civil rights advocates have called these classes ESL ghettos.