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ERIC Number: ED510154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond the Numbers: Understanding California's High School Dropouts. Partnership for Urban Education Research (PUER)
Huang, Jeric
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE (NJ1)
Six of California's largest urban school districts have joined together in the Partnership for Urban Education Research (PUER), to address the most pressing issues in urban education. The six PUER districts have agreed to work together to increase data availability, enhance internal research capacity, and promote collaboration and information sharing across district lines for the benefit of their students. PUER seeks to build a partnership in which participating districts can use their collective research capacity to carefully evaluate their own instructional programs and practices. In this study, six PUER school districts--Fresno Unified School District (FUSD), Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD), San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), and San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)--joined efforts to identify opportunities for improving the current dropout reporting system. The PUER districts are working with Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) to review and publish their research. The six PUER school districts recommend adoption of the Longitudinal Four-Year Dropout Rate (L4YDR) as the most reliable dropout calculation formula for estimating the number of dropouts in each entering cohort of high school students. This report includes L4YDR estimates of dropout rates in all six districts. In order to increase data transparency, the PUER districts also recommend the publication of sub-categorical data that would allow school districts and the state to distinguish between students who have in fact left school from students who remain engaged with the educational system. The report also includes data that tracks the various paths students follow as they move toward the goal of high school graduation. This report also reviews dropout intervention strategies in use in the six districts that seek to decrease the number of dropouts and increase the integrity of dropout data. Finally, the report provides recommendations to the California Department of Education as it moves forward with the implementation of a student-level longitudinal data system. (Contains 3 figures and 11 footnotes.)
Policy Analysis for California Education, PACE. 3653 Tolman Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-1670. Tel: 510-642-7223; Fax: 510-642-9148; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
Identifiers - Location: California