Some 24.2 percent of California students drop out of high school, according to new state data. That’s nearly double the failure rate estimated before the state started tracking individual students. About 68 percent of students earn a high school diploma; another 8 percent complete a GED or other alternative certificate.
The drop-out rate is 41.6 percent for black students, 30.3 percent for Latinos, 15.2 percent for whites and 10.2 percent for Asians, according to the state.
But the new report won’t end the debate on drop-out numbers, writes Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee.