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High school graduation, dropout rates climbing

Posted: Thursday, Dec 9th, 2010

An estimated 81 percent of Pajaro Valley Unified School District seniors graduated last year, a slight jump from the previous year, according to data released Tuesday by the California Department of Education.

According to the 2008-09 Dropout and Graduation Rates, the number of high school graduates statewide also increased last year, with 70.1 percent receiving diplomas, up from 68.5 percent the year before.

At Pajaro Valley High School, 79.4 percent of students graduated, while 82.8 percent of Aptos High School students graduated and Watsonville High School saw 87 percent of its students graduate.

The dropout rates also climbed. More than 19 percent of PVUSD students left school before they graduated, compared to 12.7 percent the previous year. Twenty-one percent of students dropped out statewide.

For the complete article see the 12-09-2010 issue.

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