Graduation rate is a key component of federal Title I accountability provisions for states, school districts, and schools. The State reports graduation rates within four-year cohorts, in the aggregate and disaggregated by subgroups for all public high schools, public school districts, and the State. The State reports graduation rates using collected cohort State data which can be reliably linked to the State enrollment files.
The four-year cohort graduation rate is defined as the percentage of students in a cohort, adjusted for transfers into and out of the school, district, or state, that graduate with a standard diploma within four years of entering high school. The State allows students who earn their diploma by the end of August to be included with the prior school year’s graduates.
Students who take longer than four years to graduate are not included as graduates in the four-year cohort graduation rate, but are included as graduates in the five, six, or seven-year cohort graduation rate, corresponding to the year that they graduated. The State’s graduation rate goal is set at 89% and is used as the basis for calculating the four-year adjusted cohort rate, disaggregated by subgroups, for all public high school, public school district, and state accountability reports. Local school districts review and validate the accuracy of the Graduation Rate Report, which is the tool used for collecting graduation rate data.
For more specific details regarding the data collection and calculation needed to meet federal graduation rate reporting requirements please refer to the following USDE guidance document: http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/hsgrguidance.pdf.
Graduation and Dropout Rates, Statewide
Graduation and Dropout Rates by District
Graduation and Dropout Rates by School