The drop-out rate was 2.8% in the 2015-2016 school year, which is up 0.3%.
Hispanic students graduated at a rate of 75.4 percent, up by 1.7 percent from the previous year, while black students graduated at a rate of 78.8 percent, up 0.7 percent from the previous year.
The state calculates the graduation rate by dividing the number of students who graduated in four years by the number of students who started high school four years before (adding in students who transferred in and subtracting students who transferred out). Last summer, the U.S. Department of Education announced it was auditing the graduation rates in California and Alabama. He pointed out the state's six years of increased graduation rates, came after five years of decline. Last year, the graduation rate for charter schools in LA Unified was 84 percent, according to the California Charter Schools Association, which has not yet calculated the 2015-16 rate.
LA School Report reported last week that more than half the district's Class of 2016 graduates were not eligible for the public universities because they had at least one D in their A-G courses.
Lewis Central's school improvement specialist, David Black, attributed the district's success to its numerous graduation-focused programs and the district's focus on attendance. In Orange County, the figure rose to 90.8 percent, making it the state's only county with at least 3,000 students to top a 90 percent graduation rate. "New Haven is so proud of our rising graduation rate because it means that more and more students are entering the world ready to take on important challenges in college and the workforce".
In San Diego Unified, the dropout rate was 3.4 percent, down from 3.5 percent and significantly lower than any of the other big five districts.
Malloy said the steady increase in statewide graduation rates since 2011 is a cause for celebration, but also should be an impetus to invest more in districts with larger high-needs populations and a heavier tax burden.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, a career, and citizenship.
California released graduation rates for 2016 Tuesday, just weeks ahead of the Class of 2017 marching across the field.
County highlights include a number of larger districts that topped a 90 percent graduation rate.
"We have increased our investment in education, and by doing so we have paved the way for a brighter future for thousands of Connecticut's children and their families", he said.
The district created a system in 2012-2013 to identify and track students in danger of not graduating and provide additional support.
A critical job, he said, is to narrow the achievement gap between Asian and white students and Latino and African American pupils.
The district also saw a decrease in its 2015-16 dropout rate at 2.37 percent compared to 2014-15's 2.68 percent.
"What you hope isn't happening is they're getting people through high school by lowering standards through the floor", Polikoff said.
Hilmar High posted a almost flawless 99.3 percent graduation rate.
In addition, the graduation rate of nearly every student subgroup rose, including English learners, which jumped 2.7 percentage points; African-Americans, which rose 1.8 percentage points; and Latino students, which increased by 1.5 percentage points.