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For 4th Year Running, High School Graduation Rates Rise, Supt. Torlakson Reports

California’s high school graduation rate has risen for the fourth year in a row, now exceeding 80.2%, Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced.

The overall graduation rate is up 1.3% over last year’s number, and graduation rates for African-American and Hispanic students climbed even faster than the overall average.

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

The rise in graduation rates was paired with a decrease in the high school dropout rate. Overall, the dropout rate declined 1.5%, falling even faster for minority students.  The dropout rate for African-American students slid by 2.2%, while the Hispanic student dropout rate fell 2.0% from the prior year.

More information is available at the Department of DataQuest, and downloadable data sheets are available on the Cohort Outcome Data Web page.

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