No, we don’t have that already, argues Swaim, who works for the California Policy Center. “What we’ve got is nearly universal credentialing.”
“Millions of American kids are conveyor-belted through a system that does not produce math proficiency or English literacy at grade level,” he writes.
In 2015, the Los Angeles Unified reported a 72 percent graduation rate, he notes.
At David Starr Jordan Senior High, just 18% of all students met the basic English standard and just 6% in math. So how did 64% of students graduate?
“The most imposing barrier to college isn’t tuition” for many high school graduates, writes Swaim. They don’t have an adequate high school education.