August 12th, 2011

California’s high school dropout rate almost 20 percent

Nearly 1 out of every 5 students in California’s projected class of 2010 - 18.2 percent - dropped out of high school before graduation day, meaning 94,000 teenagers hit the streets without diplomas, according to data released Thursday. via The San Francisco Chronicle.

June 8th, 2011

In California, graduation rates rise, but nearly 140,000 won’t finish high school

Nearly 140,000 students who were enrolled in the ninth grade in the 2007-08 school year in California will not graduate from high school this month.

By contrast, some 377,498 students will receive their diplomas. The difference amounts to a loss of an average of 775 students from school in California each day. Learn more.

Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice for California Watch

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