Which California Schools and School Districts Have the Most Dropouts?
High schools in California had an average dropout rate of 3.5 percent for the 2005-06 school year, according to a study by the California Dropout Research Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
The report found that charter and alternative schools showed a much higher dropout rate than regular, comprehensive high schools, with a combined average dropout rate of 23 percent at nontraditional public schools and an average dropout rate of 2 percent at regular public schools.
The report said that this large difference could be due to the lower enrollment numbers at charter and alternative schools.
A version of this article appeared in the March 05, 2008 edition of Education Week