The number of students graduating after five years of high school, as a percentage of their cohort. The cohort is the class of ninth-graders beginning high school in the same academic year.
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.
Of the 2011 cohort, 87% had graduated by 2016. Most of those, 84%, graduated on time in 2015. The five-year rate for the state has been slightly lower than the region and was 84%. The Rochester School District's five-year graduation rate was 57%, a 6-point gain over the four-year rate of 51%.
Prior years are not comparable, thus are not reported. These figures reflect graduates in August, which includes students who made up courses during summer and graduated. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the second quarter.