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 the region performing?
The region's 85% graduation rate for the class of 2014 was even with the rate in the state (excluding NYC). The graduation rate was highest in Orange County (86%) followed by Dutchess (84%) and Ulster (82%). Graduation rates have increased in the region, up from 80% of the class of 2008.
Graduation rates were lowest in Poughkeepsie (58%), Pine Plains (71%), and Ellenville (73%). The highest rates (90% or higher) were in Arlington, Pawling, Northeast, and Spackenkill in Dutchess; Chester, Cornwall, Florida, Minisink Valley, Monroe-Woodbury, Tuxedo, Warwick Valley and Washingtonville in Orange; and New Paltz and Rondout Valley in Ulster.
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.