The four-year graduation rate in Oakland Unified rose about four points in the latest estimate released today by the California Department of Education. About 59 percent of students who started high school in 2007 graduated with their classmates in 2011. About 28 percent dropped out, and 12 percent were still enrolled in school when the data were collected.
Some Oakland high schools had dropout rates in the 40s. Life Academy and Metwest lost the lowest percentage of students among OUSD schools, though their dropout rates were still higher than 10 percent. Charter schools are listed separately; you have to call each of them up individually to see how they did.
This is the second year the state has followed a cohort of students — each, with a unique ID — through four years of high school to get what is supposed to be the most reliable estimate yet.
The above link takes you to the rates by ethnicity. Go here (or read the summary below) to see rates for English learners, special education students and low-income students.
To find stats for other districts, schools or counties, go to the CDE’s DataQuest page and click “dropouts” from the drop-down menu, along with the level you’re looking for.
OAKLAND UNIFIED, CLASS OF 2011
African American students: 55.1 percent graduation rate, 30.8 percent dropout rate, and 12.7 percent still enrolled.
Latino students: 51.8 percent graduation rate, 30 percent dropout rate, and 16.6 percent still enrolled.
White students: 72.7 percent graduation rate, 23.1 percent dropout rate and 3.5 percent still enrolled.
Asian students: 78.5 percent graduation rate, 15.1 percent dropout rate and 5.1 percent still enrolled.
English learners: 40.8 percent graduation rate, 36.6 percent dropout rate, 12.2 percent still enrolled.
Special education students: 39.4 percent graduation rate, 33.7 percent dropout rate, 18.3 percent still enrolled.
Low-income students: 58.6 percent graduation rate, 26.9 percent dropout rate, 9.2 percent still enrolled.