California dream: closing the gap in college-ready graduates

The Golden State’s new Local Control Funding Formula is restoring education money cut during the recent recession. It’s also boosting funds for historically poorer districts where student achievement has often lagged. In recent years, the state has seen improvement in the percentages of kids from all backgrounds graduating with courses needed to apply to four-year state universities. Given better funding and more creative freedom, educators hope they’re on their way to further narrowing of persistent achievement gaps.

Percent of 2015 California graduates with the courses, grades required to apply to four-year state universities

Source: California Department of Education Data