Are staff members aware of what can be validated?Who is having conversations with parents and students about validation?
And, most importantly, how many students give up on meeting A-G when they receive a D or F because they don't know how to validate that grade?
When it comes to discussions about A-G, we often focus on the "C or better" mantra which is deeply ingrained in the minds of students and parents. But how many students never attempt to continue on the A-G track because of that D in Algebra or F in Spanish 1C? How many seniors pass on filling out college applications because they think it is a lost cause? If we, as a staff, are not familiar with this process and cannot speak to it with students and parents, how are they supposed to learn about it? Instead of counting the number of summer school sessions between now and graduation or figuring out how to repeat a course during the school year, maybe we should focus instead on educating all of our stakeholders about the many different routes a student can take to successfully complete AND validate all of the A-G requirements? In general, schools are actively and consistently communicating A-G requirements to students and parents, but if we dig a little deeper and push students to explore ALL options, we might just go from average to excellent by pushing our students to reach that horizon instead of teetering right along the edge.