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 the region performing?
About 7% of the Mid-Hudson Valley region'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%. The region's rate stayed flat from 2012, but was down 2 points from 2008. The dropout rate was highest in Ulster (9%), followed by Dutchess (7%) and Orange (6%). Dropout rates were highest in Poughkeepsie (24%), Port Jervis (15%), Hyde Park (14%), Kingston and Pine Plains (both 13%).
Notes about the data
Data for earlier years were not comparable because cohorts were not tracked in the same way.