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Philadelphia’s drop-out rate is much higher than the district had admitted: Only half of students who start ninth grade graduate in four years; after six years, only about 62 percent earn a diploma, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. The rate is much worse for Latino and black students, especially males.

Female students graduate on time at higher rates, and the gender gap was nearly 15 percentage points between 2000 and 2003.

Latino males have the lowest on-time graduation rate of any group in the city: 29.3 percent to 38.2 percent.

Students attending large neighborhood high schools in low-income areas are much more likely to drop out than students attending magnet or vocational schools.

Philadelphia had claimed a 68 percent graduation rate.

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  1. Wayne Martin says:

    > Latino males have the lowest on-time
    > graduation rate of any group in the
    > city: 29.3 percent to 38.2 percent.

    This graduation rate for Mexican schools is in that range.

    This problem with high drop-out rates for Latinos is not “news”:


    http://www.parapundit.com/archives/002683.html

    75% of Los Angeles students are Hispanic. So their school system is going to be a permanent basket case. Even if LAUSD was to improve to the point of approaching national Hispanic high school graduation rates that would not help much. Nationwide only 47% of Hispanic males graduate from high school. Heavily Hispanic Texas now has the lowest high school graduation rate in the country.
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    http://uwnews.washington.edu/ni/article.asp?articleID=2308

    The study shows there are strong family and socioeconomic factors that influence school enrollment rates. He said a significant share of some immigrant groups’ higher dropout rates could be explained by poorly educated parents, the absence of parents and inner-city residence.