LAUSD SEEING FEWER DROPOUTS; REPORT SAYS 8.8% RATE FOR HIGH SCHOOLS BEST IN 5 YEARS.Byline: Sherry Joe Crosby Daily News Staff Writer
Nearly 9 percent of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. Unified high school students dropped out last year, the district's best record in five years, according to according to
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But although the state Department of Education report showed steady improvement for the Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. , its 8.8 percent dropout (1) On magnetic media, a bit that has lost its strength due to a surface defect or recording malfunction. If the bit is in an audio or video file, it might be detected by the error correction circuitry and either corrected or not, but if not, it is often not noticed by the human rate is still more than double the state's 3.9 percent rate and higher than the county's 5.4 percent rate.
The news comes a month after the state reported that 36.5 percent of L.A. Unified's high school students dropped out during the four years ending last year.
The latest report covers dropout rates for students in grades seven through 12 from the 1991-92 through 1995-96 school years.
``I'm pleased they have dropped,'' said Beth Newman, the district's director of educational options, which includes continuation high schools A continuation high school is an alternative to a comprehensive high school primarily for students who are considered at-risk of not graduating at the normal pace. The requirements to graduate are the same but the scheduling is more flexible to allow students to earn their credits and other alternative programs for potential dropouts.
But she added, ``It's still too high; there should be no dropouts.''
Newman attributed the high dropout rates to the district's massive size and the poverty of its students who come from families with limited English skills.
Statewide, the dropout rates gradually have decreased from 5.2 percent in 1991-92 to 3.9 percent last year.
``This good news makes me confident that we should increase standards and call for higher graduation requirements,'' said Delaine Eastin Delaine Eastin is a California politician. She served as the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1995 to 2003. A native Californian, Eastin received her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis, and her master's degree in political science , state superintendent of public instruction.
Local and state education officials attribute L.A. Unified's improving dropout rates to alternative programs that target students in middle school, when they first begin showing signs of dropping out.
Of the district's 650,000 students, about 12,000 to 14,000 enroll each year in the district's 43 continuation high schools, six ``opportunity schools'' for students in grades seven through 12 who have behavior problems, and two schools for pregnant teens.
Next fall, the district plans to serve up to 500 more potential dropouts at its community day schools. These schools typically serve students who are on probation or have been expelled from regular classes, Newman said. She said the move will help improve the district's dropout rates by giving the students more personal attention.
Dave Myklebust, a specialist in the district's information technology division, said annual dropout statistics provide a wake-up call for local educators.
``It helps them see where they are, where they are in relation to other schools and in relation to where they were last year,'' Myklebust said. ``They see the numbers, scratch their heads and wonder what's going on What's Going On is a record by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. Released on May 21, 1971 (see 1971 in music), What's Going On reflected the beginning of a new trend in soul music. and try to make (the rates) lower.''
Richard Diaz, a consultant who oversees the state's annual dropout rate report, said the district is headed in the right direction but needs to continue expanding its dropout prevention programs if it wants to see more students graduate.
``They are to be commended for making an effort. Their numbers are slightly down,'' Diaz said. ``But it's a big situation and it requires more financing. A lot more is needed to bring along all those dropout prevention and alternative programs.''
These are dropout rates for the 1994-95 and 1995-96 school years for the state, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles Unified School Disitrct and other local school districts. The figures reflect the most recent data and include students who drop out in grades nine through 12.
CALIFORNIA 4.4 3.9
L.A. COUNTY 6.6 5.4
L.A. UNIFIED 10.7 8.8
BURBANK UNIFIED 3.1 2.3
GLENDALE UNIFIED 0.9 0.4
SIMI VALLEY Simi Valley (sē`mē, sĭm`ē), city (1990 pop. 100,217), Ventura co., SW Calif. in an oil, fruit, and farm region; laid out 1887, inc. 1969. UNIFIED 1.8 2.1
CONEJO VALLEY The Conejo Valley is a region spanning both Southeastern Ventura County and Northwest Los Angeles County in Southern California, United States. It was discovered in 1542 by Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, and eventually became part of the Rancho El Conejo land grant by UNIFIED 1.8 1.4
HART UNION 2.8 1.8
LAS VIRGENES UNIFIED 0.4 0.3
ANTELOPE VALLEY This article is about the Los Angeles County region. For the census-designated place in Wyoming, see Antelope Valley-Crestview, Wyoming.
The Antelope Valley UNIFIED 1.6 1.1
Source: California Department of Education The California Department of Education is a California agency that oversees public education. The Department oversees funding, testing, and holds local educational agencies accountable for student achievement.
Chart: Dropout rates (see text)