This Newly released graduation rates for the 2012-13 school year released by the California Department of Education showed the overall cohort graduation rate for CUSD’s three high schools rose to 65 percent – a 7.5 percent gain over the previous school year.
Individually, Compton High School (73.2%) made the biggest improvement by surpassing the previous year by 10 percent. Centennial High School (76.2%) saw a gain of 6.7 percent over the 2011-12 school year. Dominguez High School’s graduation rate (74.7%) rose by three percent.
CUSD Board of Trustees President Micah Ali said he is pleased with the trend, but indicates the District is still not satisfied.
“We are proud of the dramatic turnaround our students, instructors and administrators have accomplished. But we owe it to all of our students and their families to make certain they are poised for academic and professional success after leaving our high schools,” said President Ali. “Compton Unified has and will continue to improve.”
Superintendent Darin Brawley said the District’s implementation of Common Core Standards and career tech education will yield even more positive results in the coming years.
“We are proud of the hard work our high schools have put into raising graduation rates. Compton Unified is very committed to ensuring our students are prepared for the careers of today and tomorrow,” Brawley explained. “That’s why our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and Arts education is at the heart of our high school and middle school curriculum. It is imperative that our students graduate with marketable skills that enable them to compete on a global level.”