Additional highlights of the report include:
Since the fall of 2002, local school districts have been tracking each ninth grader as he or she moves through high school. This record keeping provides the state with an accurate count of four- and five-year graduation rates. Today’s report provided four- and five-year cohort graduation rates for each of the state’s regular and charter public high schools, for each of the 115 school districts and for the state overall.
The rules for calculating graduation rates meet federal requirements and the National Governor’s Association’s definition. In North Carolina, students who leave high school for a community college GED or adult high school program are counted as dropouts under state policy. In addition, school officials only identify a student as a transfer to another high school when the receiving school requests the student’s records. If the transfer is not confirmed, the student is counted as a dropout.
The full report on the state’s cohort graduation rate, as well as previous years’ reports, is available online at www.ncpublicschools.org/accountability/reporting/cohortgradrate.