Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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Graduation Rates

Having a high school diploma, GED, or some vocational training is often the minimum requirement for entry-level employment.  since 2009 the Sacramento County graduation rate has increased each year, and the number of students who drop-out has decreased.  While graduation rates vary across schools and districts, nearly one-quarter of Sacramento County students did not graduate in 2011-12.  African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander students continue to have consistently higher drop-out rates than their peers.

Graduation and Dropout Rates

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Why is this important?

  • Obtaining a solid education and a high school diploma prepares students for post secondary education and the work force.
  • Compared to high school graduates, dropouts have higher rates of unemployment, lower lifelong earnings, poorer health and higher rates of mortality, and higher rates of criminal behavior and incarceration.

How are we doing?

  • The graduation rate in Sacramento County is currently comparable to statewide rates.
  • Sacramento County has seen three consecutive years of increasing graduation rates, however, nearly one-quarter (23%) of students did not graduate.
  • While the number of dropouts has decreased in Sacramento County, more than 2,500 (2,608) students dropped out between 9th grade and graduation day.

Dropouts by Race/Ethnicity

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Why is this important?

  • Disparities in educational attainment translate to disparities in many other quality of life outcomes over the entire lifespan.
  • The severity of the difference in drop out rates between populations indicates that there are significant, systemic issues that must be addressed.

How are we doing?

  • The dropout rate for American Indian students is 3 times higher than white students.
  • African American and Hispanic students drop-out of school 2 times more often than their white peers.
  • Asian students have a drop-out rate that is two-thirds of that of white students, and Filipino students have the lowest drop-out rate at 4%
  • Similar disparities exist throughout the state.

Dropouts by Grade Level

Why is this important?

  • Most drop outs occur in the 12th grade, but the decision to drop out of high school is most often the product of a variety of issues in the school, home, and community environments that have built up over time.
  • Risk factors and steps to prevent drop outs need to be recognized and acted upon throughout children’s academic career.

How are we doing?

  • For the class of 2012, more than half (1,810) of all dropouts left school in their senior year.
  • 511 (17%) dropped out as juniors
  • 361 (12%) dropped out in their sophomore year
  • 278 (9%) left school in the 9th grade or their freshman year.

Median Income by Educational Attainment

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Why is this important?

  • Disparities in educational attainment translate to disparities in economic and many other quality of life outcomes over the entire lifespan.
  • Students who do not graduate from high school are ill-prepared for what is increasingly becoming a knowledge-based economy and workforce.

How are we doing?

  • Individuals who do not have a high school diploma typically earn about one-third of those with a high school diploma, a difference of approximately $9,400 a year.
  • For those with no high school diploma, the difference in annual wages between them and an individual with a Bachelor's degree is more than $24,000 a year.
  • Individuals with no high school diploma make about 35% of the median income for Sacramento County.

Data Source for Graduation Rates and Dropouts: California Department of Education

Data Source for Median Income by Educational Attainment: U.S. Census Bureau

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 July 2013 10:08