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CDE Releases 2015-16 Graduation Rates for PUSD

Porterville Unified School District graduated 86.7% of its students during the 2015-16 school year, according to data released Tuesday by the California Department of Education. PUSD just missed last year’s graduation rate (87.0%) by three-tenths of a point, but lowered its dropout rate from 10.8% last year to 10.0% this year. Two schools, Harmony Magnet Academy and Strathmore High School, posted a perfect 100% graduation rate. Monache High School (97.7%), Granite Hills High School (96.8%) and Porterville High School (96.8%) experienced increases from last year.

Citrus High School increased its graduation rate from 51.04% last year to 68.29% this year.

Porterville Unified posted a higher graduation rate than the Tulare County benchmark (85.4%) and the state of California (83.2%) rate.

“We are encouraged by the positive numbers we received today for our graduates,” PUSD Superintendent Dr. Ken Gibbs said. “Our teachers and staff members continue to work diligently to provide a quality education for all of our students. We want our students to have the best opportunity to succeed whether they participate in a post-secondary educational environment or the workplace.”

Out of 1,029 socioeconomically disadvantaged students, PUSD graduated 85.0% (1,029 students) compared to a 76.0% graduation rate in 2009-10. The Migrant Education program graduated 85.9% of its students in 2015-16 while the English Learners program graduated 83.9% of its students, the highest percentage in the past seven years. The Special Education program graduated 81.4% of its students.
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