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  • Thursday, July 17, 2008

     

    The Dropouts New Clothes: California Owns Up as OUSD dropout rate more than doubles

    SPECIAL REPORT
    The Dropouts New Clothes:
    California Owns Up to Real Dropout Rates as OUSD Dropout Rate more than doubles

    California took a big step away from its old laughable approach to counting the dropout rate of the state's high school students. The old system allowed students to officially disappear as “transfers” or into other bureaucratic black holes instead of being officially counted as a “drop out” , thus artificially making it look like less children were being left behind. That old system made it look like schools were doing a fairly decent job graduating students. That old data was an obviously joke to in-the-know-educrats as it showed the statewide 4 year dropout rate at 17.3% and Orange County at 5.8%. The new collection data, which gives each student a unique statewide number for educational tracking, now shows how far off the original statistics were. Using the new system for the first time, the statewide 4 year high school dropout rate rate is 24.2% and the Orange County rate as a whole is 12.0%.

    Orange Unified’s dropout rate moved from “Good to Great” as it more than doubled from the old official rate of 3.3% to the new 4 year dropout rate of 7.0 %. The bad dropout rate news was not unexpected in educational circles and comes just a week before Dr. Renae Dreier will be signing her contract as the new OUSD Superintendent. Unfortunately for the OUSD Board, Dreier faced a similar dropout dilemma at her district in Colorado, but did little to address it. The Greeley District 6 dropout rate remains one of Dreier’s biggest criticisms of her tenure in Colorado. Dreier’s priorities in Greeley included signing on to the now debunked Bush family Texas endorsed Reading First consultant program.

    The newly released state data also gives each high school statistic. Following are the individual high school statistics for Orange Unified:

    OUSD’s #1 dropout rate: Orange High School
    4 year total dropout rate- 11.3%
    Yearly dropout rate: 2.8%
    CLICK ON: OHS Statistics

    OUSD’s #2 dropout rate: Villa Park High School
    4 year total dropout rate: 3.1%
    Yearly dropout rate: .8%
    CLICK ON: VPHS Statistics

    OUSD’s #3 dropout rate: El Modena High School
    4 year total dropout rate: 2%
    Yearly dropout rate: .5%
    CLICK ON:ELMO Statistics

    OUSD’s lowest dropout rate: Canyon High School
    4 year total dropout rate: .9%
    Yearly dropout rate: .2%
    CLICK ON: Canyon HS Statistics

    RICHLAND CONTINUATION SCHOOL:
    4 year total dropout rate-19%
    CLICK ON: RICHLAND

    All Orange County Unified School Districts 4 year dropout rates in order (highest to lowest):

    Santa Ana Unified: 9.1 %
    Newport Mesa Unified :8.6%
    Garden Grove Unified 7.1%
    Orange Unified: 7.0 %
    Placentia Yorba Linda: 7.0%
    Saddleback Valley: 5.7%
    Tustin Unified 5.4%
    Brea-Olinda Unified: 3.8%
    Los Alamitos Unified: 3.2 %
    Capistrano Unified: 3.1%
    Irvine Unified: 2.6%
    Laguna Beach Unified: 1.2%

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