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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

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Monterey County Graduation and Dropout Rates Outpace State

Contact: Jessica Hull / Communications and Public Relations Officer    831.784.4245 (o), 209.679.4858 (c)

 

Salinas, Calif. – Over the last three years, increases in Monterey County graduation rates and decreases in dropout rates have outpaced the state in most student subgroups for which data are provided. 

Overall Graduation Rate

The 2016 graduation rate for all students in Monterey County rose to 85.4%, an increase of 3.8 percentage points over a three-year period, surpassing the state rate of 83.2%.

Monterey County graduation rates for all student subgroups increased between 2014 and 2016. While the State’s graduation data shows all subgroups increasing, Monterey County’s rates showed greater gains in most subgroups.

Overall Dropout Rate

The dropout rate for all students in Monterey County has decreased 2.8 percentage points since 2014 to 6.8% to surpass the state rate of 9.8%. (NOTE: The lower the rate, the more positive the trend.)

Monterey County dropout rates for all student subgroups decreased between 2014 and 2016, except Students with Disabilities, whose rate remained the same.

The greatest gains in the Monterey County graduation rate over three years were made by:

  • Filipino students – increasing by 5.8%
  • Migrant Education students – increasing by 5.5%
  • African American/Black students – increasing by 5.3%
  • English Learners – increasing by 4.9%; and
  • Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students – increasing by 4.8%

“It is imperative that our students graduate from high school well-prepared for success,” said Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools. “Seeing gains by many of our students who face the greatest challenges – our Migrant Education, English Learner, and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students – is a testament to the success of our teacher and administrator professional development, afterschool programs and systematic interventions. This is excellent progress, and I am proud of students, teachers, and school leaders countywide."

 

African American/Black Students

2016 Graduation Rate: 86.3%

  • Monterey County’s African American/Black graduation rate of 86.3%, an increase of 5.3 percentage points over the 2014 rate, is significantly higher than the statewide rate of 72.6%.

2016 Dropout Rate: 7.5%

  • Monterey County’s African American/Black dropout rate fell by 2.3 percentage points over three years to 7.5%, and is lower than the statewide rate of 17.1%.

 

Asian Students

2016 Graduation Rate: 93.8%

  • Monterey County’s Asian graduation rate is 93.8%, an increase of 2.6 percentage points over 2014 rates, and is higher than the statewide rate of 93.4%.

2016 Dropout Rate: 5.0%

  • Monterey County’s Asian student dropout rate fell by 0.2 percentage points over three years to 5.0%, but is higher than the statewide rate of 3.5%.

 

Filipino Students 

2016 Graduation Rate: 94.8%

  • Monterey County’s Filipino graduation rate is 94.8%, an increase of 5.8 percentage points over 2014 rates, and is higher than the statewide rate of 93.6%.

2016 Dropout Rate: 1.3%

  • Monterey County’s Filipino student dropout rate fell by 1.9 percentage points over three years to 1.3%, and is lower than the statewide rate of 3.1%.

 

Hispanic/Latino Students

2016 Graduation Rate: 83.9%

  • Monterey County’s Hispanic/Latino graduation rate is 83.9%, an increase of 4.4 percentage points over 2014 rates, and is higher than the statewide rate of 80.0%.

2016 Dropout Rate: 7.1%

  • Monterey County’s Hispanic/Latino student dropout rate fell by 3.5 percentage points over three years to 7.1%, and is lower than the statewide rate of 11.6%.

 

White Students

2016 Graduation Rate: 88.9%

  • Monterey County’s White student graduation rate is 88.9%, an increase of 2.6 percentage points over 2014 rates, and continues to be higher than the statewide rate of 88.1%.

2016 Dropout Rate: 6.4%

  • Monterey County’s White student dropout rate fell 1.0 percentage points over three years to 6.4% and continues to be lower than the statewide rate of 6.9%.

 

English Learners

2016 Graduation Rate: 74.8%

  • Monterey County’s English Learner graduation rate of 74.8%, a substantial increase of 4.9 percentage points over 2014 rates, and continues to be higher than the statewide rate of 72.1%. Statewide, the English Learner graduation rate increased 6.7 percentage points since 2014, a rate slightly higher than that of Monterey County.

2016 Dropout Rate: 11.5%

  • Monterey County’s English Learner dropout rate of 11.5% is a substantial drop of 4.5 percentage points over three years. This is lower than the statewide English Learner dropout rate of 15.8%.
  • NOTE: Monterey County’s English learners enter kindergarten with substantially lower levels of English proficiency than their peers statewide. However, their graduation rate is higher and their dropout rate is lower than those of their peers statewide.

 

Students with Disabilities

2016 Graduation Rate: 65.3%

  • Monterey County’s Students with Disabilities graduation rate of 65.3% is slightly less than the statewide rate of 65.5%. Monterey County’s Students with Disabilities graduation rate over the last three years has increased slightly faster than the statewide rate for this student subgroup (3.6 percentage points compared to 3.2 percentage points, respectively).

2016 Dropout Rate: 13.3%

  • Monterey County’s Students with Disabilities dropout rate of 13.3% is the same as the 2014 rate. The statewide rate dropped 2.2 percentage points to 13.8% from 2014, which is higher than the Monterey County rate.

 

Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Students

2016 Graduation Rate: 83.7%

  • Monterey County’s graduation rate of 83.7% for its Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students is higher than the statewide rate of 79.3%. Between 2014 and 2016, the rate at which Monterey County Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students graduated increased by 4.8 percentage points, as compared to an increase of 3.7 percentage points for their counterparts statewide.  

2016 Dropout Rate: 7.3%

  • Monterey County’s Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students’ dropout rate lowered by 3.3 percentage points, reflecting a dropout rate of 7.3%. Monterey County’s dropout rate for Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students which continues to decelerate at a faster rate than that of the state by 0.8 percentage points over a three-year period. The statewide dropout rate is 11.9%.

 

Migrant Students

2016 Graduation Rate: 80.5%

  • Monterey County’s graduation rate of 80.5% for its migrant students is slightly lower than the statewide rate of 81.6%.

2016 Dropout Rate: 9.2%

  • Monterey County’s migrant students’ dropout rate of 9.2% is lower than the statewide rate of 10.4%.

 

Table 1: Monterey County Graduation Rates From 2013-2014 to 2015-2016

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

Percent Point Change

2014 to 2016

Type

Rate

Cohort Graduates

Rate

Cohort Graduates

Rate

Cohort Graduates

All Students

81.6%

4,010

84.5%

4,172

85.4%

4,273

+3.8

Hispanic/Latino

79.5%

2,791

82.9%

3,013

83.9%

3,129

+4.4

Asian

91.2%

134

92.2%

106

93.8%

75

+2.6

Filipino

89.0%

138

87.8%

108

94.8%

146

+5.8

African American/Black

81.0%

81

86.2%

94

86.3%

69

+5.3

White

86.3%

750

89.2%

723

88.9%

699

+2.6

English Learners

69.9%

1,020

73.1%

980

74.8%

1,048

+4.9

Migrant Ed

75.0%

336

79.4%

313

80.5%

305

+5.5

Students w/ Disabilities

61.7%

298

65.5%

331

65.3%

324

+3.6

Socioeconomic Disadvantaged

78.9%

2,983

82.3%

3,210

83.7%

3,249

+4.8

 

 

Table 2: State of California Graduation Rates From 2013-2014 to 2015-2016

 

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

Percent Point Change

2014 to 2016

 

Type

Rate

Cohort Graduates

Rate

Cohort Graduates

Rate

Cohort Graduates

All Students

81.0%

399,041

82.3%

401,957

83.2%

406,874

+2.2

Hispanic/Latino

76.6%

189,762

78.5%

195,963

80.0%

202,792

+3.4

Asian

92.4%

40,684

92.6%

40,843

93.4%

39,483

+1.0

Filipino

92.2%

12,794

93.0%

13,455

93.6%

13,679

+1.4

African American/Black

68.2%

23,649

70.8%

23,728

72.6%

23,604

+4.4

White

87.6%

117,490

88.0%

113,367

88.1%

111,236

+0.5

English Learners

65.4%

61,217

69.4%

64,799

72.1%

65,960

+6.7

Migrant Ed

76.3%

6,713

80.7%

6,457

81.6%

5,803

+5.3

Students w/ Disabilities

62.3%

34,519

64.5%

36,158

65.5%

37,003

+3.2

Socioeconomic Disadvantaged

75.6%

249,218

77.7%

254,848

79.3%

262,249

+3.7

 

 

Table 3: Monterey County Dropout Rates from 2013-2014 to 2015-2016

 

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

Percent Point Change

2014 to 2016

 

Type

Rate

Cohort Dropouts

Rate

Cohort Dropouts

Rate

Cohort Dropouts

All Students

9.6%

472

6.8%

336

6.8%

341

-2.8

Hispanic/Latino

10.6%

373

7.4%

270

7.1%

265

-3.5

Asian

4.8%

*

3.5%

*

5.0%

*

-0.2

Filipino

3.2%

*

5.7%

*

1.3%

*

-1.9

African American/Black

13.0%

13

6.4%

*

7.5%

*

-5.5

White

7.4%

64

5.3%

43

6.4%

50

-1.0

English Learners

16.0%

234

12.8%

171

11.5%

161

-4.5

Migrant Ed

12.7%

57

10.2%

40

9.2%

35

-3.5

Students w/ Disabilities

13.3%

64

9.1%

46

13.3%

66

0

Socioeconomic Disadvantaged

10.6%

402

7.6%

296

7.3%

285

-3.3

An asterisk (*) appears to protect student privacy where there are ten or fewer students

 

 

Table 4: State of California Dropout Rates from 2013-2014 to 2015-2016

 

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

Percent Point Change

2014 to 2016

 

Type

Rate

Cohort Dropouts

Rate

Cohort Dropouts

Rate

Cohort Dropouts

All Students

11.5%

56,756

10.7%

52,249

9.8%

48,118

-1.7

Hispanic/Latino

13.9%

34,543

12.6%

31,520

11.6%

29,518

-2.3

Asian

4.5%

1,997

4.5%

1,964

3.5%

1,489

-1.0

Filipino

4.4%

611

3.5%

513

3.1%

454

-1.3

African American/Black

20.3%

7,027

18.8%

6,294

17.1%

5,560

-3.2

White

7.6%

10,163

7.4%

9,586

6.9%

8,772

-0.7

English Learners

20.8%

19,448

17.6%

16,474

15.8%

14,506

-5.0

Migrant Ed

15.7%

1,385

11.2%

896

10.4%

738

-5.3

Students w/ Disabilities

16.0%

8,882

14.9%

8,361

13.8%

7,803

-3.2

Socioeconomic Disadvantaged

14.4%

47,623

13.1%

42,983

11.9%

39,340

-2.1

 

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