LAUSD improves dropout, graduation rates

LOS ANGELES /*LAUSD*/, the nation's second largest dirstrict, reports its dropout rate at 26.4 percent for the 2007-08 school year. That's down from 31.7 percent for the previous year.

At the same time, the graduation rate also improved to 72.4 percent, an overall increase of 7.9 percent from the year before.

In terms of percentage, the improvements were among the best in California, though the LAUSD still has a higher dropout rate than a number of other urban school systems in the state.

The success is being credited to changes in instruction, like breaking up large schools into smaller ones, and district-wide efforts to help and support struggling students.

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