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Dropouts decline, grad rate improves

Hart district numbers best county, state average; West Ranch notches 98.8 percent

Posted: June 28, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: June 28, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Graduation rates rose and dropout rates dropped for students at William S. Hart Union High School District, according to new data released by the California Department of Education on Wednesday.

Throughout the Hart district, 93.9 percent of students graduated during the 2010-11 school year, up 1.9 percent from the year before, according to the state.

The Hart district is also seeing a lower dropout rate at 2.4 percent — with 91 students not finishing high school, according to the state numbers. The remaining 3.6 percent of students are either finishing their high school degrees or decided to take the General Educational Development tests.

All 96 Academy of the Canyons seniors graduated in 2010, achieving a 100-percent graduation rate. West Ranch High had the second-highest graduation rate at 98.8 percent, with only six seniors out of a class of 508 not completing high school.

The Hart district outperformed both the state and county average in 2010-11, as in previous years.

Throughout California, 76.3 percent of students graduated during the 2010-11 school year, up 1.5 percent from the previous year, according to the California Department of Education.

Dropout rates decreased by 2 percent throughout the state to 14.4 percent, according to the state.

Hart district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said the district was pleased with the increase in graduation rates and decrease in dropout rates. She attributed the rates to intervention programs and staff commitment to students.

“Despite budget cuts that have forced increased class sizes, our teachers, administrators and support staff continue to provide a well-rounded, high quality education,” Pinsker said in a statement.

“Struggling students are supported with intervention programs and our schools are committed to the success of each and every student in our district.”


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