The State of California has released the official graduation rate data for the Class of 2017, and San Diego Unified ranked first among the top 5 largest districts – ahead of Long Beach, San Francisco, Fresno and Los Angeles. Among the district’s 6,470 students in the 2017 cohort - students who started high school together in 2013-14, 86.6 percent of the seniors graduated.

The California Department of Education made several changes this year to the business rules and methodology for calculating the four-year graduation rate.

Utilizing the CDE’s old methodology, San Diego Unified’s 2017 graduation rate would have been 90.6 percent, only a slight decrease from last year’s rate of 91.3 percent.