03 Jun In-the-News Update [Issue: Education]
It appears luck is replacing merit for academic acceptance. A high school in San Francisco has changed their admissions criteria to be simply a lottery instead of academic and/or extracurricular activity. San Francisco’s Lowell High School, one of the top-performing public schools on the West Coast, has reported a spike in failing grades among students after replacing its academics-based admissions system with a lottery. Lowell used to be the only school in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) where admissions were determined by a student’s grades and admission test scores, similar to how colleges evaluate their applicants. The batch of first-year students admitted to Lowell in fall 2021 through the lottery received triple the number of Ds and Fs than those of the previous two years, according to internal records obtained by The San Francisco Chronicle.