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 Ulster County performing?
The 4-year graduation rate for the class of 2014 in Ulster County was 82%, lower than the state rate of 85% (excluding NYC) and the rates in Orange County and Dutchess County (86% and 84%, respectively). The graduation rate is up from 79% for the class of 2008, but has generally been a few points below state and regional figures. The graduation rate was lowest in Ellenville (73%), Kingston (78%), and Saugerties (78%), and highest in New Paltz (91%).
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.