LAUSD approves audit of program aimed at getting students college ready

Protesters rally in favor for Los Angeles Unified School District's A-G program, which is aimed at preparing students for graduation and college. (KABC)

The Los Angeles Unified School Board unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that calls for a district-wide audit of a program aimed at preparing students for graduation and college.

The A-G program requires students to take a sequence of 15 courses in order to graduate high school and meet college eligibility. Many protesters rallied in favor of the program, but noted many students were still falling through the cracks.

"The level of commitment from the schools is minimal to try and help your kid get to the next level," parent Shelia Mix said.

District officials said since its inception in 2005, the A-G completion rate has doubled and schools have seen a 7 percent decrease in dropout rates.

"Our community's demand is loud and clear: A-G is the path to graduation in LAUSD. We believe our children are capable of achieving their potential and that every child, with the proper academic support, can become a college and career ready LAUSD graduate," school board member Monica Garcia said.

The audit is intended to identify gaps in resources across schools. Additional measures in the resolution call for the creation of an intervention plan for schools failing to meet the standards and a requirement of an individual graduation plan be created for all seniors.

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