Thesis Title

An Analysis of the A-G Requirement in a Rural California High School

Graduation Date

Summer 2010

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

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Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name

Education

Program Director

Lisa Ray Kelly

Abstract

California’s A-G requirements are 15 courses high school students must successfully complete to be eligible for a California State University or University of California. School X’s A-G rate is consistently lower than the State average. This study examines the causes for School X’s low A-G rate. Previous literature addressed factors affecting A-G completion, such as ethnicity, gender, household income, school performance, non-enrollment, and attendance. School X’s CSU Eligibility Reports uncovered the most difficult courses to complete, the courses in which students did not enroll, and the students who successfully completed the A-G requirements. In all, 412 graduates were sampled. Non-enrollment in laboratory science, mathematics, and Language Other Than English courses was the major cause of A-G incompletion. School X’s students also struggled to earn the necessary grades. Females edged males in A-G completion, and 89% of students who completed the A-G requirements were enrolled in honors or advanced placement courses.

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