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L.A. Unified Retreats On Higher Graduation Standards

The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday retreated from new, more rigorous graduation standards out of concern that huge numbers of students would fail to earn diplomas.

The board previously had required students, starting in 2017, to receive a C or better in a set of college preparatory courses required for admission to four-year state universities. The goal was to ensure that all L.A. Unified students were eligible to apply for the University of California and Cal State systems.

The board acted in response to the disclosure in March that as many as three-quarters of 10th-graders — the first class affected — were not on track to meet the tougher requirements. A more recent analysis showed that 53% of students were unlikely to meet the criteria.