Prominent San Francisco high school could drop academic achievement for admission

By: | February 3, 2021

The San Francisco school board might junk grade and testing requirements for its nationally acclaimed Lowell High School, which has long been a lightning rod for issues of race in education.

The school is the San Francisco Unified School District’s only 9-12 campus that uses a formula of grades and standardized test scores for admission of most students — but that might change based on a resolution presented by board members.

The proposal calls for a random lottery for admission to Lowell, which is majority Asian American, to replace the current grade-and-test system, which allegedly “excludes students of color” and “perpetuates the opportunity gap.”

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