Orange County’s latest Community Indicators Report is out, pulling together compelling data and trends related to the local economy, housing, income and health.
Naturally, education was also a major focus of the 72-page report, which was produced by several foundations, businesses and agencies, including OCDE.
Among its findings, only 52 percent of children in Orange County were considered developmentally ready for kindergarten in 2016. Yet Orange County’s high school dropout rate of 5.4 percent was much lower than the statewide rate of 9.8 percent.
Meanwhile, the percentage of high schoolers taking career technical education courses in STEM subjects spiked 40 percent over a two-year span, reflecting recent efforts to expand career pathway opportunities for students through such programs as OC Pathways.
A group of international middle schoolers who have distinguished themselves in science and engineering traveled to Southern California to take part in science-themed events through the Broadcom Foundation’s Masters International program.