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
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.