California's high school graduation rate rose for the seventh year in a row and reached a record high for the class of 2016.
The difference comes from how students are counted, as the state has better tracking information.
In 2016, the gap between the Opportunity Districts and the state's average graduation rate was 14.4 points, with 73 percent of students graduating from the lowest-performing districts, which includes New Haven Public Schools.
Independent charter schools are included in the state average but not in LA Unified's.
Schools and districts are putting more effort into raising them, said Morgan Polikoff, an associate professor of education at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.
The graduation rates for black and Hispanic students in the state also continued to increase, growing by 7.6 percentage points since 2011 for black students and 12.2 percent for Hispanic students.
In the Los Angeles Unified School District, rates went up 4.8 percentage points to 76.99, from a 72.23 percent rate in the 2014-15 school year.
He added that the state eliminated the high school exit exam as a graduation requirement in 2016, removing another hurdle for some students. However, only half of LAUSD students graduate qualified for college admission.
"Connecticut is graduating more students than ever before and sending bright, talented young people into the world to make a big impact", Governor Malloy said when the stats were released Monday.
John Muir High School graduates adjust their caps and zip up their gown, before the John Muir High School Commencement Class of 2016, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA., Thursday, June 2, 2016. "Only then will we deliver on the promise to ensure students can compete for college and jobs in the real world".
"We are thrilled that our five-year graduation rate, highest in recent history, broke the 90 percent mark, with 90.67 percent of kids graduating within five years", said Martha Bruckner, the Council Bluffs Community School District superintendent.
Presidents change and lawmakers come and go, but The Washington Times is always here, and FREE online. Of the 121,039 students in the Class of 2016, 81.3 percent graduated, up from 78.7 percent one year earlier.
"The students, parents and teachers of San Diego Unified should be immensely proud of this achievement", San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten said. "We also thank our education leaders and partners who work with us to understand our challenges and celebrate our gains year after year".
The latest statistics show the gap has narrowed. The district experienced a decrease in the number of English learners graduating at 80 percent, a 10 percent decrease from 2015.
In 2016, 100 percent of English learners graduated, a gain of almost 36 percent from the previous year.
Lakewood High School's 2016 graduation at Veterans Stadium in Long Beach.
These rising graduation rates coupled with low standardized test scores and high demand for remedial courses when students reach college were among the reasons that Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled that the state fails to provide students with the education the state constitution says they are entitled to. He noted at Livingston, El Capitan, Atwater and Golden Valley high schools, more than 90 percent of every ethnic group graduated, far surpassing the state numbers. The state expects to submit its plan in September.
Redlands Unified graduated the highest percentage of students in the county at 92.8, up from 90.7 percent the previous year. Of districts with at least 1,000 members in their class, Palos Verdes had 98.6 percent graduate, Walnut Valley Unified had 97.5 percent and Covina-Valley Unified saw 97.4 percent.