Alternative school students said to need better tracking

January 11, 2020

first_imgSACRAMENTO – The state doesn’t do enough to keep track of what happens to the more than one in 10 high school students who attend alternative schools in California, according to a report issued Wednesday by the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office. Information that is available suggests many of them are not making progress. Between 10 and 15 percent of all high school students in California attend some kind of alternative school, from community schools to independent study. The schools are supposed to be a safety net for students at risk of dropping out or who have behavioral or other problems. Instead, the state’s accountability system “allows schools and districts to use referrals to alternative schools as a way to avoid responsibility for the progress of low-performing students,” the report said. State education officials recognize the need for accountability and are trying to reflect that in changes to the state’s academic performance review system, said Hilary McLean, a spokeswoman for state schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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