Riverside Unified School District Ranks Number One in Riverside County for Graduation Rate
Posted on 12/12/2019
RUSD graduates cheering
The Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) proudly shares the news that our district has the highest graduation rate among all unified school districts throughout Riverside County and the highest graduation rate amongst the 16 largest districts in the State.  The recently released California School Dashboard, a tool created by the California Department of Education (CDE), reports critical information in areas of academics and student engagement. The 2019 Dashboard reports that the RUSD high school graduation rate increased by 5.3 percentage points to an astounding 97% of all students receiving their high school diploma.

“It is gratifying to know that we are making tremendous progress on our promises of equitable access to education for all students,” said Dr. David Hansen, RUSD’s Superintendent of Schools.  “I could not be prouder of the RUSD team.   Every day we watch our dedicated support staff and talented education professionals working tirelessly to engage all students, helping them move closer to securing their hard-earned high school diploma and being what we describe as ‘world ready.’ These results confirm their hard work is making a difference for kids.”

All student groups increased in graduation rate from 2018, with half cited as “improving significantly,” or by greater than five percent from the prior year.

“The Board of Education set the mark that we want positive outcomes for all students, and this dashboard reports that we are making great strides toward this goal.  We continue to strive to lead student achievement in our region and the State of California,” said Board President, Dr. Angelov Farooq.  “This report adds concrete evidence to our daily observations that our staff is connecting with students, helping them engage in their learning and staying the course toward successful high school completion, this is the first critical step in a journey of life-long learning.”

What is the Dashboard?
In 2017, the CDE launched the new accountability system to give a more robust view into the performance of schools and districts. Known as the “California School Dashboard,” the web based accountability system is designed to help communities across the State access important information about K-12 districts and schools. The Dashboard gives a more complete picture of how schools are serving our diverse student population than the previous state accountability system. To help parents and community members understand how to read the Dashboard, here is a link  to a short, helpful video. 

The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) released this year’s California Dashboard on December 12, 2019. This is the third dashboard since the State’s new accountability measures have been established.

Additional Resources:
California Department of Education: link
Riverside County Office of Education: link

A full report on the RUSD results on the 2019 California School Dashboard will be provided at the upcoming RUSD Board of Education meeting on December 17, 2019.