The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) achieved a graduation rate of 70 percent for 2013-14, according to figures released Tuesday by the California Department of Education. That figure exceeds by three percent the district’s preliminary estimate last October.
For comprehensive high schools, the typical option for students in the ninth through 12th grade, LAUSD’s final graduation rate of nearly 82 percent is higher than the 77 percent previously released.
“I congratulate our students for this improvement, as well as our administrators, parents and teachers who encouraged and supported them,” LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines said. “I also want to commend the work of support services staff, including counselors as well as health and human services personnel.
The entire LAUSD can take great satisfaction in this accomplishment.”
Cortines also expressed pride in the two percent rise in graduation rates among African-American and Latino students; the four percent increase in the rate for English learners, and the 10 percent improvement for students with disabilities.
“Progress requires courage and bold action. Today confirms the hard work of our students, parents, community, educators, support staff and district leadership,” board member Mónica García said. “Our children remain the same — students of color and warriors in challenging socioeconomic environments.”
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