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Graduation Rate at MVLA High Schools 20 Percent Higher Than Most

The California Department of Education released statewide figures today and the local schools came out near the top.

The California Department of Education released graduation and dropout figures for millions of high school students members of the class of 2010 today and the sailed comfortably pass the statewide average.

Statewide, 74.4 percent of high school seniors graduated in 2010 compared to 96.4 percent at Los Altos High, 94.7 percent at and 93.1 percent at .

The high graduation rates translated to low dropout rates for MVLA.

While 18.2 percent dropped out statewide in 2010, only 2.93 percent didn't complete their studies at the local high school district.

"We are pleased that we are about 20 points better than the state average," said Barry Groves, the district's superintendent.

The graduation and dropout figures–available at the state, county, district and school level–are based for the first time on four-year cohort information collected about individual students using the state’s California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).

"For far too long, the discussion about graduation and dropout rates has revolved around how the results were obtained," said Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction. "Now, we can focus on the much more important issue of how to raise the number of graduates and lower the number of dropouts."

However, the graduation gap of Hispanic and African American students remains one similarity of the MVLA figures to that of the state.

"We have been working hard to increase our graduation rate, especially among our Latino students," said Groves, who explained the district's efforts through the Alta Vista Continuation School "that keeps students engaged and attending school."

Only 86.1 percent of Hispanics and 75 percent of African American graduated from MVHS in 2010, compared to 100 percent of Asians. While eight white students didn't graduate, the graduation rate for the group was 96.3 percent.

At Alta Vista 82.1 percent of Hispanics and 87.1 percent of African Americans graduated in 2010 compared to 100 percent of Filipinos, 98.1 percent other Asians and 96.3 percent white.

In contrast, 91.4 percent of Hispanic and 100 percent of African American students finished their high school experience at Los Altos High. This compared to 96.3 percent of Asians and 98.9 percent of white students.

"We have focused on helping at-risk students at our comprehensive high school sites to keep students in school," Groves said. "Even though the methodology for determining district graduation rates is flawed, we are pleased with our rates and efforts.

Groves added the board of trustee has allocated $10,000 to improve Latino student achievement.

"Our goal is to have 100 percent of our students graduate," he said.

Mountain View High School
Graduation and Dropout Rates, 2009-10

Number of Seniors 435 Number of Graduating Seniors 412 Percentage of Graduating Seniors 94.7% Number of Dropouts 12 Percentage of Dropouts 2.8% Number of Students Still Enrolled 11 Percentage of Students Still Enrolled 2.5%

 

Los Altos High School
Graduation and Dropout Rates, 2009-10

Number of Seniors 388 Number of Graduating Seniors 374 Percentage of Graduating Seniors
96.4% Number of Dropouts 10 or less
Percentage of Dropouts 1.6% Number of Students Still Enrolled 10 or less Percentage of Students Still Enrolled 2.1%

 

Alta Vista High School
Graduation and Dropout Rates, 2009-10

Number of Seniors 902 Number of Graduating Seniors 840 Percentage of Graduating Seniors
93.1% Number of Dropouts 40
Percentage of Dropouts 4.4% Number of Students Still Enrolled 22 Percentage of Students Still Enrolled 2.4%
marilee taylor August 11, 2011 at 08:53 PM
902 seniors at alta vista hs?
Claudia Cruz August 11, 2011 at 11:56 PM
Marilee, I'll get clarification on this but that's the figure the state had. I'll ask and let you know what I find.

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