SFUSD high school graduation rates up

Graduation rates are up for San Francisco’s high schools, according to new data from the California Department of Education.

The San Francisco Unified School District’s four-year graduation rate for the class of 2011 was more than 82.2 percent, nearly five points higher than in 2010. The state average was just 76.3 percent

Hispanic students showed the greatest gain, from 59.4 percent to 67.8 percent. Black students gained seven points, to 64 percent.

The district chalked up the improvements to a focus on early intervention with students as early as eighth or ninth grade who are most at risk of dropping out. With a grant from The City’s Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, the district was recently able to increase funding for credit recovery, which allows students who have failed a class to make it up.

“No matter what it takes, we are committed to making sure students graduate from high school,” Superintendent Carlos Garcia said in a statement.

acrawford@sfexaminer.com

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