New data shows graduation rates for Kern County

BAKERSFIELD - Kern County's graduation rate remains below the California average, according to new preliminary data.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced California’s graduation rate climbed to 80.2 percent as the dropout rate fell for the fourth year in a row.

Kern County's graduation rate is 76 percent. Kern County has the seventh lowest graduation rate among California counties. The dropout rate is at 16.2 percent, the sixth highest in California.
 
Enrollment was up by about 1,000 students from the 2012-2013 school year to the 2013-2014 school year. There are 179,680 students in Kern County. Enrollment in public schools has been going up since 2010.

That number reflects students who started high school in 2009-10 and graduated with their class in 2013. Graduation rates among African-American and Hispanic students climbed faster than the statewide average, although the rates remained lower overall. 

Students that did not drop out and did not graduate are non-diploma special education students, still in school or they took a high school equivalency test.

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