CFED Assets & Opportunity Scorecard
|High School Graduation Rate|
A high school degree is critical for long-term educational and financial success. According to 2012 data from Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers without a high school diploma were 50% more likely to be unemployed that workers with a high school degree. Graduation rates also offer insight into how well a state prepares its students to transition to college and move into the workplace.
The high school graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduate with a regular high school diploma within four years, after adjusting for students that transfer out or pass away. As such, this new measure accurately accounts for students who drop out or do not earn a regular high school diploma. The data represents a new, common metric that can be used by states, school districts and schools to meaningfully compare performance.
High School Graduation Rate, 2011-2012 School Year
Percentage of students who graduate high school in four years, from the adjusted cohort of the graduating class, 2011-2012 school year.
“Four-Year Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, School Year 2011-12.” Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, 2013.