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Graduation rate

Graduation Rate measures the percentage of students that are graduating in four years and whether this percentage is increasing from one year to the next. This information reflects the graduation rate of the 2020 graduating class.

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Four Year Graduation Rate

What does this mean?

The graduation rate represents the percentage of students who graduate on time with a regular high school diploma. Graduating on time is defined as graduating within four years and a summer.

Why is this important?

This percentage shows how schools and districts are supporting students within the allotted four years of schooling.

Four year graduation rate over time

What does this mean?

This figure shows the four-year graduation rate over time.

Why is this important?

Graduation rate can vary over time for many reasons. Schools and districts can use this information to provide additional support for students.

Four year graduation rate by student gender

What does this mean?

This figure demonstrates the four-year graduation rate by student gender.

Why is this important?

Graduation rate can vary across schools and districts as well as student groups.

Four year graduation rate by student group

What does this mean?

This figure demonstrates the four-year graduation rate by student group. Any student group with 0 students are not shown in the graphs above.

Why is this important?

Graduation rate can vary across schools and districts as well as student groups.

Four year graduation rate by student race

What does this mean?

This figure demonstrates the four-year graduation rate by student race. Any student group with 0 students are not shown in the graphs above.

Why is this important?

Graduation rate can vary across schools and districts as well as student groups.

Indicators

Below you will find additional indicators that help determine graduation rate. Dropout rates reflect how many students are leaving school without graduating, and postsecondary enrollment displays how many graduating students are enrolling in postsecondary institutions.

Dropout Rate

What does this mean?

The dropout rate reflects the percentage of students who dropped out without graduating and earning a diploma.

Why is this important?

This factor is important in determining how schools and districts are preparing students to succeed and encouraging them to stay in school.

Postsecondary Enrollment

What does this mean?

The postsecondary enrollment rate reflects the percentage of graduates who seamlessly enrolled in postsecondary the fall following graduation.

Why is this important?

This rate could reflect how well schools or districts are preparing and encouraging students for postsecondary success, particularly considering that most employment opportunities in the state require postsecondary training.