New Reporting Methods Show Higher Dropout Rate
Nearly a quarter of public school students in California have dropped out. The numbers for certain ethnic groups are even more startling.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The report by the State Department of Education found nearly 68-percent of public school students graduated, while 24- percent dropped out. Those preliminary numbers are from the 2006-2007 school year. State Schools Chief Jack O’Connell also points out disturbing news in certain ethnic groups.
“Our African American dropout rate, over forty percent, it’s 41-point-six percent, for our Latinos, it’s 30-point-three percent. This is a crisis…”
Last year’s dropout rate was reported at 13-percent but that was determined using data from enrollment numbers. O’Connell says you can’t really compare because this year the state has been able to track individual students.