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Only 52% of LAUSD's High Schoolers Made it to Graduation

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More high school students attending LAUSD schools are dropping out before graduating, according to the Daily News. However, figures compiled by the LAUSD show there are more dropouts, but by a decreasing rate, as opposed to what's reported in figures released by the California Department of Education.

According to the state's DOE, "69.6 percent of LAUSD's students graduated high school in four years in 2008-09, compared to 72.4 percent in 2007-08." By contrast, and using a different method of calculation, the LAUSD says "52 percent of their high school students graduated in four years in 2008-09," which shows "a gain from 2007-08, when just 46 percent of high school students graduated in four years."

The LAUSD is disputing the figures from the DOE. The state uses a formula to calculate graduation and drop-out rates, whereas the LAUSD tracks individual students. Funding for the data collection program the state administers was cut last year by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, further hindering and delaying the process.