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Santa Clara County high school dropout rate inches up
Nearly one out of six students from the class of 2009 dropped out of high school in Santa Clara County, a slight bump in the county's dropout rate, while the graduation rate inched down, according to figures released Tuesday.
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Among the reasons behind the increasing dropout rate, O'Connell said, is the reduction in funding for public schools. "There are larger class sizes, fewer classes in music, arts, career technical education," he said. "Athletic programs have been scaled back, there are fewer counselors, fewer school nurses, fewer teachers and fewer learning opportunities."
Under California's in the works data system, the state assigns each student an identification number, enabling better tracking over the years and as students move. Officials hope that next year, when compiling data for the class of 2010, the state will Flyknit Air Max 2015 produce only one figure for graduation rates, using the new, more accurate method.
Like elsewhere in the state, some Santa Clara County districts' dropout numbers an adjusted four year rate zigzagged. In the three years starting in 2006 07, San Jose Unified's dropout rate went from 11.4 percent, down to 9.6 percent, then back up to 10.3 percent. The dropout rate in East Side Union, which runs 11 comprehensive high schools, increased steadily, from 19.4 percent to 19.7 percent to 21.4 percent.
Karen Fuqua, San Jose Unified spokeswoman, said the district is using various strategies to keep students in school, from its engineering program at San Jose High Academy, to trying to make Advanced Placement classes more accessible.
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But he stood by the higher standards imposed by the state and federal governments on schools. Some critics have blamed the increasing focus on academic achievement for forcing out more students. But O'Connell said the federal No Child Left Behind law "held us accountable for all students," and though he is critical of particulars of the law, he said, the idea behind it "is the right thing to do."
The graduation and dropout rates don't add up to 100 percent because the state has 26 other categories of students for instance, for those moving out of state, taking a fifth year or completing school but not graduating.
The statewide dropout rate increased by 3 percentage points in 2008 09, and remains much higher for Latinos (26.9 percent) and African Americans (36.9 percent).
Still, by both measures, Santa Clara County schools performed better than schools statewide. For the class of 2008 09, the latest scores from the California Department of Education show that about 81.5 percent of students who entered county high schools four years earlier graduated, compared with 78.5 percent statewide.
addressed," state schools Superintendent Jack O'Connell said in a telephone news conference Tuesday.
"There's an urgency to close the achievement gap and prepare all students for success; it's not only a moral or social imperative, but today an economic imperative," he said
Santa Clara County schools' graduation rate of 81.5 percent in 2008 09 reflects a slight decline from the 82.6 percent in 2006 07 and the 81.9 percent in 2007 08.
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While California schools are improving their data collection systems, the transition to more precise measurements may skew the numbers, data gurus cautioned. At the very least, the figures are complicated: The Department of Education published two graduation rates for the state, 78.5 percent and 70.1 percent, based on different data. While the lower rate may reflect a more accurate picture, the higher rate is the one consistent with school district numbers, said Karl Scheff of the demographics office.
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