SOE Senior research scientist Robert Balfanz and Elise Buik of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles penned this Op-Ed for the Los Angeles Business Journal
L.A. employers take note: New California Education Data show that 94,000 students in the class of 2010 dropped out of high school. Of them, 11,000 were from Los Angeles. Perhaps most disturbing is that the state was able to estimate that 17,000 additional students dropped out before they even got to high school. These numbers should serve as an alarm bell for L.A. companies, especially as recent studies warn that many California employers soon may be unable to find enough skilled workers to remain competitive.
If there’s any good news, it’s that we finally have the information needed to end the dropout crisis, thanks to the decade-long quest to get accurate measures of high school graduation rates combined with recent advances in developing early warning indicators for dropping out. Continue Reading →