High School Cohort Graduation Rate
What does this measure?
The number of students graduating on time (after four years 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 graduation is the culmination of a successful K-12 education and the gateway to college or employment. Students who do not graduate face the prospect of unemployment or low-paying jobs.
How is Dutchess County performing?
The 4-year graduation rate for the class of 2014 in Dutchess County was 84%, slightly below the regional and statewide rates, both 85%. Although the rate has increased 5 percentage points since the class of 2008, it has consistently remained a few points below the state rate. The graduation rate was lowest in Poughkeepsie (58%). The highest rates (90% or over) were in Arlington, Northeast, Pawling, and Spackenkill.
Notes about the data
Data for earlier years were not comparable because cohorts were not tracked in the same way. These figures reflect graduates in August, which includes students who made up courses during summer and graduated. The state also presents the figure for graduates in June.