Only 70 percent of California ninth graders graduate from a public high school in four years, says an Education Trust-West report. The graduation rate ranges from 57 percent of Latinos and 59 percent of blacks to 81 percent of whites and 89 percent of Asian-Americans. Only 23 percent of incoming high school students will fulfill the requirements for the public university system, which requires a C or better in college-prep classes. Asians (50 percent) are much more likely than whites (31 percent), blacks (14 percent) and Latinos (12 percent) to qualify for college.
In Oakland, only half of ninth graders graduate in four years. San Jose Unified (which doesn’t include all of the city) has the best record for urban districts in the Bay Area, reports the SF Chronicle.
In San Jose, 73 percent of ninth-graders go on to graduate in four years, including 55 percent of Latinos, 89 percent of white students and 100 percent of Asians.
Note that many Asians in the district, though not all, are Vietnamese kids from low-income, immigrant families.
San Jose Unified requires all students to take the college-prep sequence required by the state’s public universities: 47 percent graduate in four years with a C or better in the required courses. That includes 25 percent of Latino students, 64 percent of whites and 88 percent of Asians. In other words, most students don’t qualify, but the district has doubled the percentage who do by making everyone try.