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October 25, 2011 > Logan graduates attend college at high rates

Logan graduates attend college at high rates

Submitted By Rick La Plante

A higher percentage of James Logan High School graduates enroll in a college or university than in Alameda County in general or in the state as a whole - and the trend holds regardless of ethnicity, race, socioeconomics, language or disabilities - according to data released today by the California Department of Education.

Data from the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) was matched with postsecondary enrollment data from the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). According to the results, 83.2 percent of Logan graduates in 2008-09 - the most recent data available - enrolled in a postsecondary institution in the United States. The college-going rate was 70.9 percent in Alameda County and 74.4 percent in the state as a whole.

"This is very encouraging and very exciting news," New Haven Unified School District Superintendent Kari McVeigh said. "It validates the work being done by our students and their parents as well as our teachers and the classified employees and administrators who support

Just as encouraging, Ms. McVeigh pointed out, is that Logan graduates outpaced their county and state counterparts in every subgroup.

Among Hispanic or Latino students, for example, 75.2 percent of Logan graduates enrolled in a college or university, compared to 55.8 percent in the county and 65.9 percent in the state. Among African-American students, 79.3 percent of Logan graduates enrolled in a college or university, compared to 58 percent in the county and 77.9 percent in the state. The trend also held among whites (84.3, 79.1, 79.1), Asians (86.3, 79.7, 85.7) and Pacific Islanders (89.7, 67.3, 69.8).

In addition, among students defined as socioeconomically disadvantaged, 82.2 percent of Logan graduates enrolled in a college or university, compared to 56.5 percent in the county and 68.5 percent in the state. Among English learners, 71.1 percent of Logan graduates were enrolled compared to 44.5 percent in the county and 52.2 percent in the state. And among students with disabilities, 75.7 percent of Logan graduates were enrolled, compared to 60.4 percent in the county and 62 percent in the state.

Superintendent McVeigh also pointed out that, over the past two years, virtually every graduate of the District's continuation high school, Conley-Caraballo High, has enrolled in either a community college or at a four-year school.

"We've succeeded in establishing a college-going culture in New Haven," Ms. McVeigh said, "and we're looking forward to the challenge of helping that culture grow."

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