FAIRFIELD — Following a statewide trend, more high school students in Fairfield graduated in 2011 and fewer dropped out, with big gains posted by Hispanic and black students, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.
Districtwide, Fairfield-Suisun had an 82.9 percent graduation rate, up 4.1 percent from 2010, and a dropout rate of 13.7 percent, down 3.2 percent from the previous year.
Graduation rates increased while dropout rates fell for Hispanic and black students in the Fairfield-Suisun School District. Hispanic students in the Fairfield area graduated at a rate of 83.4 percent, up 10.6 percent from 2010 and dropped out at a rate of 14.7 percent, down 7.9 percent from the previous year.
Over the same period, black students graduated at a 77.2 percent rate, up 9.8 percent, while dropout rates fell 8.7 percent to 16.3 percent.