State's High School Graduation Rate Climbs to 80.2%; Santa Clara County at 82.9%

Santa Clara ranks way below Marin, which had highest grad rate at 91.4 percent.

California's high school graduation rate increased in 2013 for the fourth year in a row, according to data released today by the state's Department of Education.

The state's graduation rate in 2013 was 80.2 percent, up 1.3 percentage points from the year before, according to Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction.

"For the first time in our state's history, more than 80 percent of our students are graduating - a clear sign of their hard work and the support they receive from their teachers, families and communities," Torlakson said in a statement.

The 2013 graduate rate measures students who started high school in 2009 and graduated with their class, Torlakson said.

 Of the students who did not graduate with their class, 7.5 percent are still enrolled in school, 0.2 percent passed the GED test and 0.5 percent are non-diploma special education students, Torlakson said.

The rest -- 11.6 percent -- are dropouts, Torklakson said. The dropout rate is down 1.5 percentage points from the previous year, he said.

The graduation rates for black and Hispanic students climbed faster than the statewide average, though their overall rates are below average, Torlakson said.

The 2013 graduation rate for black students was 67.9 percent, up 1.9 percentage points from the year before. The rate for Hispanic students was 75.4 percent, up 1.7 percentage points from the year before.

In the Bay Area, Marin County had the highest 2013 graduation rate, at 91.4 percent, according to state education data.

Alameda County's graduation rate was 80.4 percent, Contra Costa County's was 85.8 percent, Napa County's was 85.3 percent, San Mateo County's was 88.2 percent, Santa Clara County's was 82.9 percent, Solano County's was 81.4 percent and Sonoma County's was 82.2 percent.

San Francisco Unified School District's graduation rate was 81.6 percent, which the district said was similar to its rate for the previous two years.

"We are continuing toward our goal of graduating 100 percent of our students with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed," Torlakson said.

--Bay City News
Mike April 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM
The value of a high school education is not what it used to be. How many employers request such a degree? It is expected plus a college degree or post high school training of some kind. Our public high school teachers are worthless and care more about their own pension and unions. Send your kid to a private school and avoid the public schools.
Jeffrey Bottaro April 29, 2014 at 03:18 PM
KEEP ON dumbing it down and loosening the standards, and the graduation rate can ultimately be 100%. Teachers have become cheer-leaders, and students have become products to be packaged in the glossy wrappings of their own artificially propped-up self-esteem.
Kniqui Hackborn April 29, 2014 at 06:20 PM
As much as we pay in taxes all education from elementary to vocational training and graduate degrees should be given free according to aptitude . Stop grade inflation and degree degradation. Forget ability to pay and support ability to perform. Get rid of degree snobbery and respect labor. Not everyone can be a successful software engineer and many that are doctors shouldn't be. We need plumbers, shop workers, and tow truck drivers and all sorts of skilled un-univerity trained citizens. Degrees are no guaranty for success, especially when they are inflated and meaningless.


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