L.A. Unified Graduation Rate Lower Than Expected After Officials Implement New Formula

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A Los Angeles Unified student receives her diploma in this undated photo. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

A Los Angeles Unified student receives her diploma in this undated photo. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Last year, Los Angeles Unified officials predicted an 80% graduation rate for the class of 2017 — its highest ever — based on preliminary numbers. That continued an upward trend that district officials said was the product of a concentrated push to graduate more students.

But after a federal audit questioned the accuracy of how California schools count their graduates, the state’s Department of Education changed its formula for figuring out who completed high school.

Using the new math, L.A. Unified’s graduation rate was 76.1% for the class of 2017. The state fared better as a whole, graduating 82.7% of eligible students last year.

State and local district officials did not provide adjusted data for previous years, though, so it is difficult to know whether L.A. Unified is continuing to improve graduation outcomes despite the change. The state will release 2018 graduation data in December.

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