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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.

San Diego students lead the state with higher graduation rates, lower drop out rates and high academic achievement.

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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.

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African-American students ranked second among large districts, with the lowest dropout rate.

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Latino students in San Diego have some of the highest graduation rates in the state.

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For students learning English, they ranked near the top in the state in graduation rate, and recorded the lowest dropout rate.

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