San Diego County high school students dropping out at a higher rate

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Local high school students got some badnews Tuesday from state education officials.

San Diego County high school students dropped out of school at agreater rate and graduated at a slightly reduced rate, according toyear-over-year figures that have just been released.

While those figures are for the entire county, dropout andgraduation rates for students in the San Diego Unified School District showedimproved results.

San Diego County’s graduation rates weren’t quite equal to the statenumbers overall, but San Diego’s dropout rate was better than the entire stateof California.

In the entire county for 2013-14, the most recent academic year, thedropout rate among the more than 40,000 students who began ninth grade togetherin 2010-11 was 9.7 percent, or about 3,900 students, according to the stateDepartment of Education’s new report. That was up from the 9.2 percent rate forthe class of 2012-13. However, both those years were better than the rate of10.1 percent in 2011-12.

The graduation rate – the percentage of students receiving high schooldiplomas – for students in the class of 2013-14 was 79.6 percent. That was aslight reduction from the 79.8 percent of the previous year, according to thestate. But again, both those years were better than the 2011-12 rate of 79percent.

In the San Diego Unified School District, the county’s largest, thedropout rate among 7,100 students was 4.5 percent for 2013-14, or 322 students.That’s an improvement from the 5.2 percent the year before.

The overall numbers for California graduation rates were slightly betterthan the numbers for San Diego County as a whole and SDUSD. Statewide, thegraduation rate climbed for the fifth year in a row, according to stateSuperintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

A total of 80.8 percent of the state’s students who started high schoolin 2010-11 graduated with their class in 2014, a 0.4 percent increase over theprevious year’s class.

The report also showed a statewide rise in the dropout rate. Of thestudents who started high school in 2010-11, 11.4 dropped out, up 0.2 percent.

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