According to these numbers from a “highly accurate” reporting system, 24% of California’s high school students are dropping out, 127,292 students. The problem with this statistic is that there are 2 million students enrolled in California’s high school system. So 24% of 2 million is 127,292 students?
California’s first true count of high school dropouts shows that one in four kids quit school last year – 127,292 – which is far more than state educators estimated before they began using a new student-tracking system.
The statewide 24-percent dropout rate also shows African American and Latino students leaving school at much higher rates than other ethnic groups, according to data released today by state schools chief Jack O’Connell.