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California sees progress in graduation, dropout rates

Posted: June 27, 2012 4:00 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2012 4:00 p.m.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Department of Education reports that slightly more high school students graduated in 2011 than the year before and fewer students dropped out.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Wednesday that 76.3 percent students statewide earned their high school diplomas, a 1.5 percent uptick from the 2010 graduation rate.

Torlakson says the increase was higher for Hispanic, black and English learner students — just over 2 percent for black and Hispanic and nearly 4 percent for English learners.

Dropout rates, meanwhile, decreased by 2 percent overall. The biggest decrease was seen in English learners — 4 percent fewer dropped out, while 2 percent and 3 percent fewer Hispanic and black students left school, respectively.

Dropout rates do not take into account students who drop out before ninth grade.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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