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MVLA graduation rates exceed state average

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson last week reported graduation rates for all public high schools in California, with schools in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District scoring well above the state average of 80.2 percent.

Los Altos High School graduated 99 percent of its students, Mountain View High graduated 95.3 percent and Alta Vista High School graduated 94.5 percent.

Only 3 percent of district students who started high school in 2009-2010 dropped out of school.

“We are excited that we are graduating almost all of our students,” said MVLA Superintendent Barry Groves. “(The district) has instituted a variety of programs to support students in their quest to graduate, including a highly acclaimed alternative high school, a strong counseling program and myriad academic classes developed to support struggling students.”

Groves added, however, that the district failed to meet its goal of a “perfect 100 percent student graduation rate that will enable them to succeed in college and career.”

Graduation and dropout rates for counties, districts and schools across California were calculated based on four-year cohort information using the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System.

To view and download state, county, district and school graduation and dropout rates, visit dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest.

Downloadable data sheets are available at cde.ca.gov/ds/sd/sd/filescohort.asp. Caution is urged when comparing graduation or dropout rates across individual schools and districts. For example, some county office schools, alternative schools or dropout recovery high schools serve only those students who are already at the greatest risk of dropping out, compared with the broader population at traditional high schools. Therefore, these individual schools and districts cannot be directly compared.

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