Graduation Rates Reach Six-Year High

In a letter issued Monday, the four organizations that lead the GradNation initiative urge DeVos to ensure that states use the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate-that's a wonky way of saying the percentage of freshmen who graduate with regular diplomas four years later-when they identify high schools with low graduation rates. Across California, the graduation rate was 83 percent in 2016. Iowa also has seen a almost 2 percentage-point increase in the graduation rate for students who took an extra year to finish high school.

Let's be honest - the news in CT isn't always good, whether it be companies leaving, jobs cutbacks or the seemingly annual tradition of billion dollar deficits at the State Capitol, but one area the state excels in is the educational performance of its students.

"Graduation rates have gone up seven years in a row, reflecting renewed optimism and increased investments in our schools that have helped reduce class sizes; bring back classes in music, theater, art, dance, and science; and expand career technical education programs that engage our students with hands-on, minds-on learning".

The graduation rate among white students was 92.5 percent. "It dissolves before it's half launched", Judge Thomas Moukawsher wrote in a scathing indictment of the education students receive in the state's most impoverished districts. Iowa's five-year graduation rate for students who were part of the Class of 2015 was 93.3 percent, an increase of 0.2 percent from the 93.1 percent rate for the Class of 2014.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson described the overall improvements as "great news for our students and families".

English learners saw a second consecutive year of big increases with the graduation rate reaching 72.1 percent, up from 69.4 percent the previous year and up from 56.4 percent for the class of 2010. "These changes, which I call the California Way, include teaching more rigorous and relevant academic standards, which provides more local control over spending and more resources to those with the greatest needs".

She said improvements in rates for black and Hispanic students and for low-performing school districts show that "policy moves over the last five years have been good ones and particularly for our kids that need it the most". Not enough students at Los Angeles public schools qualify for college admission when they graduate, she said.

Torlakson didn't mention Pioneer High School, however, it has also been showing higher graduation rates as well.

He said that is about 10 percentage points above what it was in 2010 years ago. The latest dropout rate represents 4,154 students in grades 9-12. (See Table 2.) The rate of increase among English learners was 2.7 percentage points, African Americans went up 1.8 percentage points, and Latino students increased by 1.5 percentage points.

Paca said he believes the city's schools should "partner more actively" with trade schools, colleges and universities to prepare city students for long-term success. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox.

  • Larry Hoffman