Increasing Access to "a-g" Curriculum

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So what does this all mean? 

Ratio of “a-g” to non-“a-g”
What is the overall ratio of “a-g” to non-“a-g” courses your school offers?  Count up all the sections your school offers where students are enrolled.  Then total the number of “a-g” sections.  Divide “a-g” sections by total sections.  What number do you get?  As a rule of thumb, in order for all your students to minimally complete the required 15 "a-g" courses, your school should have at least 62.5% of its total sections as “a-g” sections.

Courses not highlighted on the master schedule
Take a look at your master schedule again. What can you learn about the pattern of courses your school offers? What classes or sections are not highlighted? Do some of these course have "a-g" potential? Are they:

  1. Special Ed classes? ELD? PE? ROTC?
  2. CAHSEE support classes for Language Arts and/or Math? 
  3. Graduation requirements or academy requirements?
  4. Career-technical education (CTE) courses?

You may find that your school has many classes, including CTE and academy classes, that could qualify for "a-g" credit. For courses that have “a-g” potential, now would be a good time to start collecting the information needed to submit them for approval. You can update your list and submit new courses any time you want, as many times as you want, before October 1. Make sure to submit courses early -- no later than the end of February -- so that you have time to make any corrections or revisions in rejected courses.  Remember, you may have to modify and resubmit the course multiple times before it is approved.

You can also save time in early fall by removing courses that will not be offered that school year. That way, you can focus your time on revising potential new courses. Remember, if courses are not approved, and not on the "a-g" list, students cannot count them toward eligibility. For more information about the supporting materials you will need for each course you would like to submit head to the Doorways home page, then to "a-g" Online Updates. The more courses your school offers that meet “a-g,” the more opportunity your students will have to become eligible for college!

Courses on the “a-g” list but not the master schedule
Courses that are on the “a-g” list but not on the master schedule should be deleted from the “a-g” list. These removed courses can be easily reinstated within three years. Again, visit Doorways home page for more information.

Aside from the fact that out-of-date "a-g" course lists give anyone who sees them misinformation, they can also hurt students. College admissions officers use the “a-g” list, not your master schedule, to examine what options were available to applicants, so they will think that students had access to all those listed. If they see students appearing to avoid challenging options, it can hurt students' chances for admission.

For example, if your “a-g” list has seven AP courses on it but your school only offers three, application reviewers will assume that students had access to all seven.  A student who took all three AP courses will not be seen as someone who took the most challenging schedule possible, but rather as one who passed up the opportunity to take four difficult courses.  Many colleges will rank how challenging a pattern of courses students took ahead of their GPA in making their admission selections.

 

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Last modified on 12/31/2009

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