Jennifer Rodriguez, Communications, San Diego Unified School District
San Diego Unified School District once again has the highest high school graduation rate -- and the lowest dropout rate -- among big-city school districts in California, according to results released July 26, 2018 by the California Department of Education. The new results were released July 26, 2018 at the same time as the state unveiled a new method for tracking graduation, a change they have adopted in response to a federal audit.
The graduation rate for San Diego Unified School District for the Class of 2017 was 86.6 percent, according to the California Department of Education. That puts San Diego at the top of the largest districts in the state, just ahead of Long Beach with 86.1 percent and San Francisco with 84.4 percent. This is the second consecutive year that San Diego Unified School District has been atop the table of big-city schools.
“San Diego Unified students have once again shown themselves to be true academic leaders,” said Cindy Marten, Superintendent, San Diego Unified School District. “Thanks to their hard work and the support from our parents, teachers and administrators, we are building the kind of world-class education system our city deserves.”
“The new graduation rates are proof that a culture of academic excellence is taking hold in San Diego Unified,” said Kevin Beiser, Board President, San Diego Unified School District “The national report card on education also showed our students made the strongest academic gains of any large district at key elementary and middle school years. Now, the new graduation rates demonstrate the same commitment to growth exists in our high schools.”
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