Superintendent Michelle King today announced a preliminary graduation rate of 80 percent for the Class of 2017 – a 3-point jump from last year’s record high – propelling L.A. Unified closer to its goal of 100 percent graduation.

In addition to students who received their diplomas in June, the preliminary rate includes students in the Class of 2017 cohort who made up missing or failed credits in summer term, adult school or community college. The District’s Office of Data and Accountability assembled the records for those students and then reviewed them individually to ensure that all of their graduation requirements had been fulfilled.

“I am grateful for the dedication and hard work of our employees and inspired by the persistence of our students,” said King, who announced the preliminary rate during a Board of Education meeting. “We remain committed to our goal of graduating all students and to our mission of preparing them to be leaders of tomorrow.

The official graduation rate is calculated by the California Department of Education, using student-level data collected statewide. That figure is expected to be released in April, along with a school-by-school breakdown and an analysis of demographic subgroups.

The District has seen its graduation rate climb steadily over the last several years – from 62.4 percent in 2009-10 to 77 percent for the Class of 2016. Last year’s graduating class was the first to require that all students must pass the rigorous college-prep curriculum known as the A-G in order to earn their diploma.