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High School Cohort Graduation Rate

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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 88% graduation rate for the class of 2020 was similar to the state rate (excluding NYC). The graduation rate was highest in Putman County (92%) followed by Dutchess, Greene, Orange and Ulster (all at 88%). Graduation rates have increased 9 percentage points in the region, up from 79% in the class of 2009.

Graduation rates were lowest in Poughkeepsie (60%) in Dutchess, Livingston Manor in Sullivan (74%), and Taconic Hills in Columbia and Tri-Valley in Sullivan (both at 75%). The highest rates (95% or higher) were Warwick Valley in Orange and Windham-Ashland in Green (both at 95%), Millbrook Central in Dutchess, Goshen Central and Cornwall Central in Orange and Kinderhook Central in Columbia (all at 96%), and Florida Union Free in Orange and Putnam Valley Central in Putnam (both at 97%) and Tuxedo Union Free in Orange (at 100%).

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.

High School Cohort Graduation Rate
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Region79%81%82%82%84%85%85%87%86%87%86%88%
Columbia County76%78%77%76%80%82%84%81%83%83%86%87%
Dutchess County78%79%80%83%82%84%84%86%86%86%85%88%
Greene County80%81%79%77%82%84%85%84%87%91%84%88%
Orange County80%83%84%84%85%86%87%89%87%88%87%88%
Putnam County91%91%90%91%92%91%91%92%93%91%92%92%
Sullivan County73%73%76%75%78%76%79%83%78%82%80%81%
Ulster County75%78%80%80%82%82%84%86%86%85%86%88%
NYS (excluding NYC)80%82%83%84%84%85%86%86%86%86%87%88%
Columbia School Districts
Berkshire Union FreeN/A22%15%0%0%0%13%9%N/A0%0%N/A
Chatham Central88%88%93%84%89%92%88%89%89%87%91%94%
Germantown Central83%80%77%79%75%86%86%95%82%87%80%93%
Hudson City59%63%61%59%69%72%77%72%79%81%80%80%
Kinderhook Central80%83%83%82%84%88%87%81%87%83%94%96%
New Lebanon Central87%84%83%85%92%97%88%93%75%90%87%92%
Taconic Hills Central77%82%80%83%83%81%83%85%82%84%81%75%
Dutchess School Districts
Arlington Central82%84%86%89%88%91%87%89%88%90%88%91%
Beacon City77%74%73%71%72%80%79%86%83%83%84%88%
Dover Union Free75%75%78%80%85%80%89%89%84%84%80%84%
Hyde Park Central72%76%66%81%76%75%80%82%79%82%81%88%
Millbrook Central89%86%91%89%89%89%88%85%92%91%88%96%
Northeast Central79%71%74%81%84%91%87%79%84%91%82%87%
Pawling Central85%91%90%89%91%95%95%89%92%88%92%93%
Pine Plains Central68%72%81%73%80%71%83%83%88%83%83%89%
Poughkeepsie City55%57%58%61%53%58%60%60%67%55%54%60%
Red Hook Central82%83%85%91%85%89%86%84%84%90%96%91%
Rhinebeck Central89%88%91%89%91%86%93%91%92%95%94%93%
Spackenkill Union Free91%89%90%95%90%93%95%95%96%94%92%90%
Wappingers Central80%82%84%84%88%87%85%90%90%91%90%94%
Greene School Districts
Cairo-Durham Central77%77%80%76%76%80%82%82%81%89%83%92%
Catskill Central73%77%70%70%80%76%85%83%90%91%90%91%
Coxsackie-Athens Central83%79%81%85%85%90%86%82%87%88%88%82%
Greenville Central83%91%84%71%84%86%81%88%90%95%89%87%
Hunter-Tannersville Central84%84%86%86%88%94%96%78%82%95%89%85%
Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central91%80%76%90%91%91%97%97%92%85%0%95%
Orange School Districts
Chester Union Free84%85%90%85%90%91%88%89%88%93%92%90%
Cornwall Central91%94%92%94%91%97%94%95%93%98%94%96%
Florida Union Free87%97%94%97%97%93%95%97%95%88%88%97%
Goshen Central90%90%92%90%87%86%89%94%89%90%91%96%
Highland Falls Central92%92%88%82%81%88%90%90%93%92%88%87%
Kiryas Joel Village Union FreeN/AN/AN/AN/A0%N/A0%N/AN/A0%0%0%
Middletown City75%79%77%76%79%81%79%83%81%84%80%83%
Minisink Valley Central85%89%89%93%90%93%88%91%93%91%92%89%
Monroe-Woodbury Central88%92%93%92%92%93%93%94%93%93%94%91%
Newburgh City64%64%69%69%72%74%76%81%74%81%73%78%
Pine Bush Central80%87%84%84%84%84%88%91%89%90%93%91%
Port Jervis City70%73%73%72%77%76%82%83%81%84%82%86%
Tuxedo Union Free83%93%93%93%91%95%94%96%94%90%90%100%
Valley Central80%86%84%84%83%86%88%87%93%88%90%92%
Warwick Valley Central83%93%92%93%95%95%96%93%93%95%93%95%
Washingtonville Central89%93%92%92%93%94%94%95%97%93%95%94%
Putnam School Districts
Brewster Central92%90%91%91%94%95%88%92%94%87%87%88%
Carmel Central88%89%89%91%91%92%91%89%90%89%91%92%
Haldane Central89%98%96%92%94%98%96%97%96%99%97%93%
Mahopac Central93%92%89%92%93%88%91%93%95%95%95%94%
Putnam Valley Central92%90%92%86%89%90%94%96%90%94%95%97%
Sullivan School Districts
Eldred Central83%78%82%89%83%93%82%88%80%81%90%88%
Fallsburg Central67%62%64%69%78%65%69%76%69%74%68%79%
Liberty Central62%66%71%61%71%70%69%77%71%69%69%77%
Livingston Manor Central81%74%76%71%86%79%87%82%81%71%75%74%
Monticello Central69%71%75%76%73%71%77%83%78%87%87%83%
Sullivan West Central82%84%83%82%88%85%87%94%90%91%86%90%
Tri-Valley Central83%81%84%79%82%85%88%79%81%82%76%75%
Ulster School Districts
Ellenville Central80%80%76%70%83%73%72%75%80%73%83%81%
Highland Central87%85%90%82%90%84%87%91%95%89%89%93%
Kingston City63%70%72%71%75%78%81%81%81%79%81%87%
Marlboro Central85%84%86%93%92%87%90%92%91%92%91%91%
New Paltz Central84%88%94%91%93%91%93%94%93%96%93%94%
Onteora Central78%78%83%87%86%86%87%89%88%87%91%87%
Rondout Valley Central80%85%90%86%83%90%85%94%89%88%86%88%
Saugerties Central79%75%76%75%73%78%80%78%82%80%87%84%
Wallkill Central75%76%77%84%81%83%88%87%88%88%90%90%

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Years denote 12th grade year for cohort.




Number of High School Graduates
200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Region12,49412,51412,76312,37612,30611,93211,96211,93011,46311,66611,44311,474
Columbia County585584559527556525542458483505468455
Dutchess County3,1093,1983,2073,1033,1323,1123,0783,0982,9173,0322,9102,897
Greene County517471502481463466450444396432400394
Orange County4,4114,5364,6794,5524,5224,2874,4264,3954,3324,2854,2544,369
Putnam County1,2961,2411,2721,2191,2691,2251,2191,2331,1651,1671,1521,147
Sullivan County686659665683612614570627582613647558
Ulster County1,8901,8251,8791,8111,7521,7031,6771,6751,5881,6321,6121,654
NYS (excluding NYC)118,691119,983119,406118,278117,903116,007114,943115,541115,849117,003116,241118,142
Columbia School Districts
Berkshire Union FreeN/A2200011N/A00N/A
Chatham Central11198100901021071028777928367
Germantown Central574744464236373532263738
Hudson City100116108951121251109312012594108
Kinderhook Central145151166151145141146117136129138132
New Lebanon Central454333354633433827362634
Taconic Hills Central127127106110109831038791979076
Dutchess School Districts
Arlington Central728747758750724791733747688759624672
Beacon City198233219184204212187210177166205208
Dover Union Free12911010810110298112968510881104
Hyde Park Central300281245283296254277269253267298233
Millbrook Central1089993999183938886778466
Northeast Central654150604664405447534145
Pawling Central100121100939610110010888858894
Pine Plains Central827982788265506363736470
Poughkeepsie City184189184191171181189174195159188185
Red Hook Central143161170181159157164135140155154145
Rhinebeck Central83100101939683819594909479
Spackenkill Union Free12814813212612712812514311413712398
Wappingers Central861889965864938895927916887903866898
Greene School Districts
Cairo-Durham Central120104117929692979681898678
Catskill Central83100115108106104114989210596102
Coxsackie-Athens Central11598113122108114114109979110688
Greenville Central108104898488957289811048183
Hunter-Tannersville Central524143373532242123203123
Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central39242538302929312223020
Orange School Districts
Chester Union Free6676886864797497861186996
Cornwall Central266276272302253278259275263261264265
Florida Union Free537459766362627162445367
Goshen Central226216237243219223202218214226234251
Highland Falls Central1211031271191228311794109110114113
Kiryas Joel Village Union FreeN/AN/AN/AN/A0N/A0N/AN/A000
Middletown City408404419433435450463447444431444508
Minisink Valley Central323377350347358318318314318328317301
Monroe-Woodbury Central551545580572584515535537587546578526
Newburgh City651637625610639589622642588645590671
Pine Bush Central400454437414435413436443418381431409
Port Jervis City201205208196190171182176178180159163
Tuxedo Union Free100801031059691832717281913
Valley Central336345361335340325340331352340311320
Warwick Valley Central321382428355348354372338362326321293
Washingtonville Central388362385377376336351367331318350373
Putnam School Districts
Brewster Central264272294270300258294279253263228242
Carmel Central364353375358343344314333327332328336
Haldane Central588174677284777465718665
Mahopac Central436396396399407389388391372365367363
Putnam Valley Central174139133125147150146156148136143141
Sullivan School Districts
Eldred Central535747634554455241394342
Fallsburg Central866675728062678169797377
Liberty Central90939810083887781868211295
Livingston Manor Central393931323045263234271823
Monticello Central196201215205190185164202183213230162
Sullivan West Central105109991129890958973858881
Tri-Valley Central957388797275717074736761
Ulster School Districts
Ellenville Central10811511295120959311211887103100
Highland Central132161135130155137140133122143132124
Kingston City456438469453412434398421383398432451
Marlboro Central167154164180178141137179138153145145
New Paltz Central185189199179171162184184183185173193
Onteora Central15913113813112512311095921029493
Rondout Valley Central205199222172146166138162143142126145
Saugerties Central232211203210195204219157183200201166
Wallkill Central245227237261250241258232226222206237

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Years denote 12th grade year for cohort.




INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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