State officials Tuesday reported slight improvements in dropout and graduation rates and continued gains made by Latino and African American students.
Overall, the state dropout rate declined by 1.5 percentage points to 13.2% for the class of 2012, when compared to the class of 2011. For Latinos, the improvement was 2.1 percentage points; for African Americans, it was 3.1%.
The state graduation rate was 78.5%, up 1.4 percentage points from 2011, with larger gains among Latinos and African Americans.
This year’s release is the third annual report under a new system that tracks individual students from the time they enter high school, in ninth grade.
Despite years of devastating cuts, schools have focused efforts and used data to educate students more efficiently, said state Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in a conference call with reporters.