Historically disadvantaged students graduating from charter public schools are more likely to attend University of California and California State University colleges than their counterparts in traditional public schools. That’s according to new data from the California Department of Education. This includes, black, Latino, and low-income students, as well as English language learners and students with disabilities.Overall, traditional public schools have higher college-going rates, but only after you include data for community and private two-year colleges.
This latest set of numbers is more evidence to suggest that the college-going culture at charter public schools is expanding access to UCs and CSUs for California’s most historically underserved students. In major districts throughout our state, for example, Latino and black students are completing a-g courses, or college prep courses, at higher rates than their peers in traditional public schools.
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