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Crenshaw High School, once one of the fifteen lowest-performing schools in LAUSD, registered a 58% increase in graduation rate over the time period since the inception of GCEP, narrowing the gap versus the LAUSD average.Source: California Department of Education, www.cde.ca.gov The Greater Crenshaw Educational Partnership (GCEP) is pleased to announce that Crenshaw High School's graduation rate increased from 51.8% to 64.7%, a 25% gain in one year. Crenshaw High School posted the second highest percentage point gain for senior high schools In the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Over the last three years since GCEP's inception, Crenshaw High School's graduation rate has increased 58% and 23.7 percentage points. The release last week of the California Department of Education's graduation and dropout rate data for the 2008-2009 school year confirmed the Crenshaw High School results. There is a one-year delay in reporting graduation and dropout rate information. Beverly Ryder, the Executive Director of GCEP stated that "over the past four years working with its community partners, Crenshaw High School has also achieved growth in API rates by 47 points, a 19.5% reduction in suspensions, 10.3% decrease in student truancy and significant improvements in 10th grade CAHSEE pass rates and students completing A-G classes." Crenshaw High School is one of the few high schools in Los Angeles and throughout the state of California with a majority African-American student population. Since July 2008, Crenshaw has been under the oversight of GCEP, a unique partnership between the Los Angeles Urban League, USC's Rossier School of Education, and the Tom & Ethel Bradley Foundation. GCEP, through a five-year MOU with LAUSD, is tasked with providing governance for the transformation of educational outcomes at Crenshaw High School in active collaboration with the school and community stakeholders. GCEP provides support on the ground for Crenshaw High School with resources and structure to reach the goals set for excellence. "GCEP and the Crenshaw High School stakeholders have worked hard together over the past few years to achieve positive results," said Blair H. Taylor, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League and GCEP Board President. "Crenshaw was one of the lowest performing schools in LAUSD. These improvements are the result of collaborative actions by the school and community family comprising Crenshaw High School. It shows what can be done for our children and by our children given the appropriate support and attention." "While there is much more to do, the commitment to improving graduation rates by the entire Crenshaw High Community is the first step toward building a foundation that makes student achievement our number one priority," said Crenshaw High School Principal Carrie Harris Allen. "We are proud of the investment in time and resources that our teachers, students and staff, parents, community, numerous partnerships and GCEP have made in our school. They have demonstrated the support that is the basis for our motto 'Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day.'"