California high school dropout rate at 20 percent

20 03 2012

In the article ‘State’s high school dropout rate almost 20 percent‘ written by reporter Jill Tucker in August 2011 of the San Francisco Chronicle, I learned that the state of California’s dropout rate was at 18.2 percent in 2010.

“Nearly 1 out of every 5 students in California’s projected class of 2010 – 18.2 percent – dropped out of high school before graduation day, meaning 94,000 teenagers hit the streets without diplomas, according to data released Thursday,” Tucker wrote.

I didn’t think the overall percentage of students who dropped out before their expected graduation date was too surprising.

What blew my mind was the comparison between San Francisco and Oakland.

“In Oakland, it’s a significant issue. Just 53 percent of the district’s 3,200 high school students tracked over four years graduated, while 37 percent dropped out,” Tucker writes.

“Across the bay in San Francisco, schools fared much better, posting an 82 percent graduation rate and an 11 percent dropout rate.”

I knew the dropout rate in Oakland was nearly at 40 percent, but the number looks worse compared to San Francisco’s impressive 11 percent.

From what I read, it seems to me that the city of San Francisco has a stricter truancy program compared to Oakland. To reduce absences for students and possibly dropout rates for the district, I think Oakland’s dropout rates need more attention. I don’t see a lot of truancy officers taking care of students who cut school around Fremont Federation’s campus and if the truancy program was enforced stricter, absences would reduce.

I remember as a freshman, students felt threatened because the truancy program was very strict, but as the years went by, I notice that even with off-campus lunch banned, students still make it out of the gates without a hassle. If anything, the non-off-campus lunch is what makes students want to leave school even more.




2 responses

23 03 2012
5 04 2012

The statistic are very shocking, I didn’t know that dropping out of school is becoming a huge problem. I think the government should do something about it

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