The following article was published in the official newspaper of the Association of California School Administrators - Education California on July 4, 2016.
Vallejo Transforming Graduation Rates
The California Department of Education reported in May that the state's graduation rate climbed for the sixth year in a row in 2015 to a record high of 82.3 percent. The biggest jump took place among English learners and migrant students. The graduation rate has increased substantially since the class of 2010 posted a 74.7 percent rate.
"This is encouraging news any way you look at it, especially since the increase is occurring as we are introducing much more rigorous academic standards," SPI Tom Torlakson said at the time. One district making notable local strides in its graduation rate is Vallejo City Unified School District. When the state numbers came out, they showed that the district had again improved- six years running.
"Our district graduation rate has climbed to 73.8 percent, an increase of almost 20 percent over six years," said VCUSD Superintendent Ramona Bishop, president of the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators. "During that timeframe, the graduation rate for African American and Latino students has increased even higher, by 26 percent for Latino students and 23.6 percent for African American students. This has resulted in helping us close the achievement gap in this area. Latino student graduation rate is only 2.8 percent behind the overal student rate and African American students are closing too, at only a 4.4 percent gap."
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