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Grad rates climb Robert Moreno | Sat, Apr 20 2013 12:00 PM

More high school seniors from the Sweetwater Union High School District completed their high school education in the 2011-2012 school year than in 2010-2011, according to data released by the California Department of Education.

South Bay’s lone secondary school district produced a cohort graduation rate of 82.4, up 2.9 percent from 2010-2011.
Last school year, 5,750 students graduated compared to 5,661 students in 2010-2011.

A cohort is a new method of gathering graduation and dropout data by the state’s education department.

Instead of getting the graduation and dropout rates of all 12th graders, a cohort tracks each student for all four years of high school. The cohort method makes tracking high school graduation and dropout data more accurate.

In years past, the state’s education department would take the total number of 12th grade graduates and divide that number by 100.

Not only are more students graduating from the 13 high schools in the district, fewer are dropping out.

The cohort dropout rate for the 2011-2012 school year sits at 6.7 percent or 464 students, down from 8.3 percent or 550 students the previous year.

Sweetwater High School District’s overall graduation rate last school year exceeds that of California’s, which too saw an increase of 78.5 percent from 77.1, according to the California’s Department of Education data.

Manuel Rubio, Sweetwater district’s spokesman, said the district has worked hard to improve graduation rates across the board.

“We’ve really emphasized our work to get our graduation rate up,” Rubio said. “We don’t want students falling through the cracks. We need to make sure every student stays in the system.”

Rubio said a reason why the graduation rates have increased is that the district has beefed up their work in implementing alternative education such as the learning center, option secondary schools and inter-session.

The dropout rate in California decreased from 14.4 percent to 13.2 percent, which is more than the district’s rate.

Rubio said students understand the life challenges that come with dropping out.

“The stats show pretty clearly that students with a high school diploma can get a job over those who don’t,” he said.

Rubio also said the district’s responsibility is not just to help students graduate high school, but prepare them for college or other life choices.

“We hope graduating isn’t the end for our students,” Rubio said. “If college isn’t for them, we offer different career pathways for them.”

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anniej Says:

Sun, Apr 21 2013 04:14 PM

I am simply at a loss. Mr. Rubio was there the evening that they cut ROP so what 'other life choices' is he referring to? He also uses the buzz words, 'different career pathways' - again I say why is he not speaking of the truths that afflict our district?

Brands new intention of becoming a sports mogul, give me a break! CIF has several changes on the horizon that will positively impact SUHSD's student athletes. If Brand wanted to do something to help,our sports programs, perhaps he might want to take a look at the programs and the few resources we are offering them. Take a look at consistent, year after year, loss records and work to correct the true issues. His idea, lets move all of the star athletes to the east side via the open enrollment. His idea is aligning Bonita with the major power house high schools - easy win. Hmm. I thought Brand was telling everyone how he was going to offer fair competition, even out the playing field. Parents, do NOT allow Brand to negatively impact our district sports programs. There was a reason McLaughlin did not get the endorsement of the CIF and awarded the presidency position - there was a reason they gave it to Schniepp, our previous district AD, THINK ABOUT THAT!!!!

sosocal Says:

Sat, Apr 20 2013 11:39 AM

What about those CTE students who have been sold down the river? Is anyone going to help that group of students? What about the educators trained to work with those kids? Anyone think that Ed Brand is concerned about them? Of course he isn't. These numbers might be great this year, but just wait until next year, when Ed Brand does more to destroy Sweetwater.

How many students really want their participation in CIFs to be relegated to the Ed Brand junior league of section 11, headed by his pal Bill MacLaughlin?

I hope parents, students, coaches and athletic directors are getting ready to express their beliefs on this one. If they don't, and they end up with the Sweetwater/backwater section 11, they can kiss goodbye recruiting from the schools they were hoping to attend.

Those who want to do their best are not afraid of competition. Sweetwater's student-athletes are not afraid of competition.

This is merely a gigantic ruse to find permanent employment for Bill MacLaughlin.

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