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Who Graduates in California?

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Document date: March 24, 2005
Released online: March 24, 2005

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Minority Students Lag Behind, Effects of Segregation Persist

Graduation rates for the high school class of 2002 show that 71 percent of all students in California's public education system complete high school with a diploma. This level falls slightly above the national average. However, we also find very large disparities between students from different racial-ethnic groups. A graduation gap of over 30 percentage points separates the highest-and the lowest-performing groups. Historically disadvantaged minorities have graduation rates between 50 and 60 percent. Fewer than two-thirds of allstudents graduate from high school in central city districts and in communities that suffer from high levels of racial and socioeconomic segregation.


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