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California graduation rate improves, remains below local results

Original post made on Apr 30, 2014

California's high school graduation rate increased in 2013 for the fourth year in a row, but it remained lower than results seen locally, according to data released Monday by the state's Department of Education.

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Posted by Frankly
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 30, 2014 at 7:34 am

Ok, sounds mighty good. Right?

Let's see!! All college and universities, Berkeley included, have repeated stated that those who graduate and arrive as Freshmen, CAN NOT read, write, speak, think nor analyze.

What's graduating? Just submitted numbers? Actual academic skills?

You hear TV news state all of this! You read area papers reporting the same thing! So what's changed?

Any thoughts?

The future is at stake! Wouldn't you think?

Think about it!!

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Posted by susan
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on May 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Not necessarily true, Frankly,of all graduating seniors. My own daughter graduated in 2013 and is at a highly rated UC. She "tested out" of any remedial classes as well as the mandated freshman writing classes for UC students. She was a Sophmore after her 1st quarter. I agree she may be an outlier but she is NOT, by any means, the only student in the SRVUSD to be fully prepared for their college experience. Generalizations do not hold true in all areas and in all instances. I agree that our educational system as a whole has a long way to go (and I am a part of it, being an educator for a different district). SRVUSD is not perfect (no district is) but I cannot voice any objection to the opportunities presented my daughter by the SRVUSD. They were just that, opportunities. What she, and we as a family decided to do with those opportunities is responsible for her success. All students here are presented with roughly the same opportunities. I have sat through open houses where parents have had the audacity to ask the teacher to hand their son/daughter an A because art isn't his/her thing but he/she is trying to get into ______ college. These are the graduates you speak of. Those who took the easy way out because it was good enough. Luckily, good enough did not work for us. A by-product of this is that my daughter has an incredible work ethic. She worked hard to get where she is today and does not expect accolades to be handed to her. The same is true of so many of her friends. A graduation rate speake directly to the amount of family involvement in its children's futures. We in the SRVUSD talk about college from the minute they enter pre-school. Districts vary widely in how they approach the preparation of their students for college and careers. I speak from experience. While we have room for growth the SRVUSD is doing a very good job at present.

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Posted by Susan
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on May 9, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Yikes! Please excuse my typos...