The District’s on-time graduation rate slipped a point last year. At 56 percent it is still four points above the rate four years earlier. This is the percentage of students who entered 9th grade in fall 2005 and finished high school in 2009.
These rates are called cohort graduation rates, based on tracking individual students over time. They show the percentage of students who started 9th grade together that have graduated four and six years later. The rates are adjusted for students who transferred out of the District. This method for tracking graduation rates is endorsed by the city, the District, and community partners.
The District monitors both on-time and six-year graduation rates. Many students do not complete high school in four years but persist and graduate within a year or two of their peers. For the class slated to graduate in 2007, the graduation rate of 53 percent as of 2007 grew to 61 percent by 2009.
Mayor Michael Nutter has set a goal of a six-year graduation rate of 80 percent by 2014.