Compton schools success subject of study
Compton Unified Schools demonstrate dramatic academic improvement; subject of study by Public Policy Institute of California COMPTON — Compton Unified School District students dramatically improved their A-G completion rates during the last 10 years – so dramatically
Compton Unified Schools demonstrate dramatic academic improvement; subject of study by Public Policy Institute of California
COMPTON — Compton Unified School District students dramatically improved their A-G completion rates during the last 10 years – so dramatically that the Public Policy Institute of California, PPIC, has asked the
District to participate in a special study designed to identify “best practices” to benefit other school districts.
CUSD is considered a “high performing” District by PPIC when it comes to A-G course completion rates, putting it in the top 25 percent of the state. Successful A-G course completion is required by California’s state colleges and universities for incoming freshman.
“Compton Unified students demonstrated a huge improvement,” says Nui Gao, the Research Fellow who is conducting the study for the PPIC. “The results are really significant particularly when compared to other districts statewide.”
Gao says PPIC looked at data from 2004 through 2014 and Compton Unified showed some of the most dramatic improvement they saw statewide. A-G courses include math, history, social science, English and other core curriculum instruction.
“Some may be surprised by this but not me,” said CUSD Board President Satra Zurita. “We know our graduation rates have been increasing and we know more and more of our students are getting into UC and CSU schools. But they’re also getting into Princeton, Purdue, Stanford, and other elite universities.”
Compton Unified Superintendent Darin Brawley said the findings are further proof of the once poor performing District’s turnaround.
“We have launched a number of specific interventions designed to support our students in the core content areas and expand their opportunities to be college and career ready,” Brawley said.
“This validates the work that we as a district are doing,” says Jorge Torres, CUSD director of College and Counseling Services. “It tells us that we are on the right track as we look to increase college access and equity for our students.”
The PPIC study, which in addition to Compton Unified is also focusing on other California school districts in the top 25 percent, is expected to be completed by summer 2017.