High school graduation is a key indicator that school districts and policymakers use to measure school performance. There are different ways to calculate graduation rates, and their accuracy can be compromised by lack of available data when students transfer schools or districts. Community partners in East Palo Alto (EPA) asked the Gardner Center to examine graduation rates for all EPA public school students, a rate that has been previously difficult to ascertain. Ravenswood City Elementary School District, which serves EPA, is one of eight districts that feed into the Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD). Many EPA students attend schools outside of Ravenswood, including charter schools, private schools, and other school districts through a voluntary desegregation transfer program. Because data on these students are not available, this analysis assists EPA community partners by focusing only on students who matriculated from Ravenswood to SUHSD.
Castrechini, S. (2013). Graduation Rates for East Palo Alto Students in the Sequoia Union High School District. Stanford, CA: John W. Gardner Center for Youth and their Communities.