California's high school graduation rate increased in 2013 for the fourth year in a row, but it remained lower than results seen locally, according to data released Monday by the state's Department of Education.
The state's graduation rate in 2013 was 80.2%, up 1.3 percentage points from the year before but below marks posted in Contra Costa County (85.8%) and the San Ramon Valley (98.4%) in 2013.
"For the first time in our state's history, more than 80% of our students are graduating -- a clear sign of their hard work and the support they receive from their teachers, families and communities," said Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction.
The 2013 graduate rate measures students who started high school in 2009 and graduated with their class, Torlakson said.
In 2013, the San Ramon Valley saw its high school graduation rate increase by 1.4% and its dropout rate decrease by 1.2% while also seeing its population increase by 28 students compared to 2012, according to figures provided Monday by the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
"It's definitely something worth celebrating, but at the same time, we're not completely satisfied until that number reaches 100%," SRVUSD spokesman Terry Koehne said.
Of those local students who did not graduate with their class, 0.4% dropped out, 0.4% are still enrolled in school, 0.7% were in non-diploma special education programs and 0.1% passed the GED test, according to the SRVUSD's data.
In the school-by-school comparison, Monte Vista High posted the highest graduation rate at 99.6%, followed by California High at 98.8%, San Ramon Valley High at 98.5%, Dougherty Valley High at 97.9% and Venture alternative school at 95.2%. Data for Del Amigo Continuation High School were not released.
Statewide, of the students who did not graduate with their class, 7.5% are still enrolled in school, 0.2% passed the GED test and 0.5% are non-diploma special education students, Torlakson said.
The rest -- 11.6% -- were dropouts, representing a 1.5% decrease in the statewide dropout rate compared to the previous year, Torlakson said.
The graduation rates for black and Hispanic students climbed faster than the statewide average, though their overall rates are below average, Torlakson said.
The 2013 graduation rate for black students was 67.9%, up 1.9 percentage points from the year before. The rate for Hispanic students was 75.4%, up 1.7 percentage points from the year before.
In the Bay Area, Marin County had the highest 2013 graduation rate, at 91.4%, according to state data.
Alameda County's graduation rate was 80.4%, Napa County's was 85.3%, San Mateo County's was 88.2%, Santa Clara County's was 82.9%, Solano County's was 81.4% and Sonoma County's was 82.2%.
San Francisco Unified School District's graduation rate was 81.6%, which the district said was similar to its rate for the previous two years.
"We are continuing toward our goal of graduating 100% of our students with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed," Torlakson said.