New Legislative Analyst Report Focuses on CA High Schools

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Monday, May 9, 2005

The report says high school students divide into three categories - the thirty per cent who drop out, the 45 per cent who graduate with average grades, and the 25 per cent who graduate and qualify to attend the state's four year public universities. 
The report's main author, Paul Warren, says dropouts were the focus of the most attention.

"We looked at lot of the research on the problem of dropouts, and frankly there aren't a lot of good answers, even after about thirty years of research in this area.  But there are some promising directions."

Warren says accountability is the key - including more and better data on drop outs, early and extensive academic counseling in the eighth grade, and use of the state's STAR achievement test scores as a more accurate university admissions guideline, compared to the S-A-T.