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One in four high-schoolers fails to graduate

The Sacramento Bee reports today that according to the California Department of Education, one in four high-schoolers – 24.2 percent – failed to graduate or move into another program to continue their education. The estimates were derived from data from the 2006-07 school year.

Mary Shelton, associate superintendent at Sacramento City Unified, agreed too many students leave early. She cautioned, though, that the rates listed for individual high schools may overstate dropouts because of mobility factors.

Hiram Johnson High School, for example, had a 35.4 percent dropout rate. But the school also has a huge transfer rate because families move so much.

“It’s like a revolving door,” Shelton said. “Last year half the kids transferred in or out in the course of the year.”

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Written by scusdobserver

July 17, 2008 at 1:59 pm