High School Cohort Dropout Rate
What does this measure?
The number of students who dropped out of high school, as a percentage of their cohort. The cohort is the class of ninth-graders beginning high school together.
Why is this important?
High school dropouts face fewer and declining career opportunities than graduates and are more likely to end up unemployed, in prison or on public assistance. Since they tend to have lower earnings, dropouts also contribute less in local, state and federal taxes, and depend more on programs such as food stamps and Medicaid health insurance for the poor.
How is Dutchess County performing?
Seven percent of the county's class of 2014 dropped out by the time their class was ready to graduate (after four years of high school), slightly above the state (excluding NYC) rate of 6%. That was the lowest rate in recent years and down from 10% for the class of 2008. Dropout rates in Dutchess have tended to be below Ulster's (9% in 2014) but above Orange's (6% in 2014). The dropout rate was highest in Poughkeepsie (24%) and Hyde Park (14%).
Notes about the data
Data for earlier years were not comparable because cohorts were not tracked in the same way.