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 Orange County performing?
After four years of high school, 6% of the Orange County class of 2014 had dropped out by the time their class was ready to graduate, leading the region and even with the state (excluding NYC) rate of 6%. Orange County has consistently had the lowest dropout rates in the region. Dropout rates were highest in Port Jervis (15%), Newburgh (11%) and Middletown (10%).
Notes about the data
Data for earlier years were not comparable because cohorts were not tracked in the same way.