Education
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity

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Source: New York State Education Department

What does this measure?

The number of students graduating after four years of high school (measured through August of the graduation year), as a percentage of their cohort, broken down by students' race and ethnicity. The cohort is the class of ninth-graders beginning high school in the same academic year.

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 our region performing?

Graduation rates were higher among Asian and white students in our region (91% and 92% respectively) compared to Hispanic or Latino and black or African American students (78% and 80% respectively) for the Class of 2021. The graduation rates for the region were similar to the state for all ethnic and racial groups with whites 2 points above state levels, and with Asians and Hispanic students just below the state rate. Since 2009, graduation rates among Latino and African American students have improved by 23 and 26 points respectively, more than the other groups.

Monroe County had rates on par with the region for most racial and ethnic groups, though its rate for Hispanics was 2 points below that of the region. The surrounding counties had higher rates than Monroe County for African American and Latino groups except Asian and white students (8% and 3% respectively) which were below that of Monroe.

The Rochester School District posted graduation rates of 73% for white students, 66% for Hispanic, 73% for African American, and 81% for Asian students.

Why do these disparities exist?

There are a variety of factors believed to contribute to disparities in graduation rates and other measures of student achievement. School systems in the United States are highly segregated, and students of color disproportionately attend schools with high proportions of low-income students who may not have benefited from early learning opportunities at the same rate as other students. Schools also have different levels of resources ranging from qualified/experienced teachers to advanced courses to facilities and technology, and schools with large Black and Latino populations often have lower levels. In addition, teachers across all school systems tend to be disproportionately white, and teaching practices and curriculum may not be culturally relevant to students of color.

Notes about the data

Prior years are not comparable, thus are not reported. Students are included in the total cohort based on the year they entered Grade 9 or, if ungraded, the school year in which they reached their 17th birthday. Students are included in the cohort of the school where they were last enrolled if they were enrolled for a minimum of five months. Students were counted as graduates if they earned a local or a Regents diploma. These figures include students who graduate in August after making up courses during the summer. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the second quarter.

High School Cohort Graduation Rate, by Race/Ethnicity, 2021
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS92%80%80%90%
NYS (excluding NYC)94%82%83%92%
Region91%80%78%92%
Monroe91%80%76%94%
Surrounding Counties83%86%84%91%
Genesee100%85%84%93%
Livingston83%73%73%92%
Ontario100%92%85%93%
Orleans86%86%91%91%
Seneca100%100%92%85%
Wayne73%83%82%88%
Wyoming100%50%100%92%
Yates100%75%75%82%
Monroe County School Districts
Rochester School District81%73%66%73%
Penfield Central School District100%100%80%96%
Fairport Central School District95%100%83%94%
Brighton Central School District100%90%93%97%
East Rochester Union Free School District,N/A100%77%95%
Pittsford Central School District97%100%100%100%
Spencerport Central School District80%82%89%93%
Webster Central School District88%96%87%96%
Rush-Henrietta Central School District92%83%88%94%
Greece Central School District97%91%86%92%
Gates-Chili Central School District90%86%73%92%
Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District100%N/A83%96%
Churchville-Chili Central School District88%93%85%95%
West Irondequoit Central School District100%92%91%97%
Hilton Central School District100%77%84%92%
East Irondequoit Central School District100%92%87%89%
Brockport Central School District92%83%89%
Wheatland-Chili Central School District80%80%93%
Regional City School Districts
Batavia School District83%93%95%
Canandaigua School District86%100%90%93%
Geneva School District100%100%78%96%

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




Number of High School Graduates, by Race/Ethnicity, 2021
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS18,78428,00843,09384,476
NYS (excluding NYC)6,93213,85420,35074,372
Region3821,5821,1428,138
Monroe3581,4559004,375
Surrounding Counties241272423,763
Genesee62926471
Livingston5819488
Ontario2036791,030
Orleans61930342
Seneca41412246
Wayne83571770
Wyoming515284
Yates136132
Monroe County School Districts
Rochester School District52731375122
Penfield Central School District131616267
Fairport Central School District181919365
Brighton Central School District332614185
East Rochester Union Free School District,081061
Pittsford Central School District652128384
Spencerport Central School District4916226
Webster Central School District142434563
Rush-Henrietta Central School District676828253
Greece Central School District34143114518
Gates-Chili Central School District195735200
Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District705176
Churchville-Chili Central School District71411237
West Irondequoit Central School District123629199
Hilton Central School District71016265
East Irondequoit Central School District85462101
Brockport Central School District1120218
Wheatland-Chili Central School District8426
Regional City School Districts
Batavia School District2014109
Canandaigua School District679240
Geneva School District6192973

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




High School Cohort Graduation Rate, by Race/Ethnicity, 2009
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS83%60%59%84%
NYS (excluding NYC)90%62%65%85%
Region86%52%55%85%
Monroe85%52%52%87%
Surrounding Counties89%58%67%83%
Genesee100%75%38%82%
Livingston100%58%81%85%
Ontario76%40%67%86%
Orleans72%85%83%
Seneca100%67%63%76%
Wayne91%61%59%82%
Wyoming84%
Yates70%
Monroe County School Districts
Rochester School District73%45%42%50%
Rush-Henrietta Central School District91%83%67%86%
Spencerport Central School District89%71%56%85%
Webster Central School District84%70%60%90%
Brighton Central School District95%73%93%
East Rochester Union Free School District,N/A18%67%77%
Penfield Central School District95%95%90%
Fairport Central School District80%75%83%96%
Pittsford Central School District95%97%
Gates-Chili Central School District82%70%84%
Churchville-Chili Central School District75%100%90%
Greece Central School District70%75%80%
East Irondequoit Central School District63%83%90%
Hilton Central School District100%75%89%
Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School DistrictN/A91%
West Irondequoit Central School District81%73%86%
Brockport Central School District94%47%87%
Wheatland-Chili Central School DistrictN/A85%
Regional City School Districts
Batavia School District62%80%
Canandaigua School District71%87%
Geneva School District36%82%

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




Number of High School Graduates, by Race/Ethnicity, 2009
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS13,36026,14525,079101,753
NYS (excluding NYC)4,48410,7478,74994,182
Region2741,45551810,586
Monroe2351,3304215,685
Surrounding Counties39125974,901
Genesee5185658
Livingston6713624
Ontario1326311,185
Orleans2123467
Seneca565319
Wayne1047201,106
Wyoming372
Yates170
Monroe County School Districts
Rochester School District36905231155
Rush-Henrietta Central School District327110308
Spencerport Central School District8125276
Webster Central School District16196701
Brighton Central School District4029246
East Rochester Union Free School District,02476
Penfield Central School District2018311
Fairport Central School District121210567
Pittsford Central School District18426
Gates-Chili Central School District6419303
Churchville-Chili Central School District1513303
Greece Central School District8148715
East Irondequoit Central School District3325190
Hilton Central School District59333
Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District0189
West Irondequoit Central School District2511245
Brockport Central School District178301
Wheatland-Chili Central School District040
Regional City School Districts
Batavia School District8148
Canandaigua School District5316
Geneva School District16113

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







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INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
Prenatal Care 78% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Prenatal Care, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights 8.4% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Infant Mortality Rate 6.9 2017-19 2 0
Maintaining
Infant Mortality Rate, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0.8% 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Children in Poverty 19% 2016-20 3 1
Increasing
Children in Poverty, Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Single-Parent Families 39% 2016-20 2 1
Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect 20 2020 2 1
Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions 1.8 2020 2 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Pregnancy 1.3% 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Births 12 2019 2 -1
Decreasing
Arts and Culture Attendance 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tourism Spending $894 2020 1 -1
Decreasing
Recreation Spending $52 2020 1 -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 83% 2020 2 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 64% 2020 3 1
Increasing
Registered Library Borrowers 58% 2019 2 -1
Decreasing
Library Visits 5.4 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income 0.8% 2019 2 -1
Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles 10% 2016-20 3 0
Maintaining
Total Population 1.9% 2020 2 1
Increasing
Population by Age 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 6% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income $61,376 2016-20 1 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty 13% 2016-20 3 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty, by Sex 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Public Assistance Recipients 1.7% 2020 3 -1
Decreasing
Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications 24% 2020 0 -1
Decreasing
Females Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Seniors Living in Poverty, by Sex 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Households Receiving SNAP 13% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Female Seniors Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tax Filers Receiving Earned Income Tax Credit 15% 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
EITC Dollars $173 2019 1 -1
Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs -8% 2020 3 -1
Decreasing
Change in Number of Business Establishments by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Jobs by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Sector Shares of Regional Total Employment 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate 8.1% 2020 3 1
Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 12% 2020 3 1
Increasing
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Employment-to-Population Ratio 60% 2016-20 2 -1
Decreasing
Prekindergarten Participation 58% 2020 3 1
Increasing
School Spending Per Student $23,561 2020 1 1
Increasing
Instructional Spending Per Student $16,983 2020 1 1
Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services 2021 0 -1
Decreasing
Grade 3 English 44% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 Math by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English 39% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 8 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Regents Algebra 1 73% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Regents English 83% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 89% 2021 3 1
Increasing
Cohort Graduation Rate, Beyond Four Years 89% 2021 3 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2021 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Without Health Insurance 4% 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
Supply of Doctors 35.3 2019 1 1
Increasing
Mortality Rate 693 2019 1 -1
Decreasing
Chlamydia Rate 55 2018 3 1
Increasing
Chlamydia Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rate 18 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Maternal Health, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Early Syphilis Rates 1.8 2018 3 1
Increasing
Early Syphilis Rates within Monroe County, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with HIV 104 2019 0 1
Increasing
People Living with HIV by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with AIDS 132 2019 0 1
Increasing
People Living with AIDS by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Percent of Days with Good Air Quality 0 10 Not Applicable*
Alcohol-related Crashes 2.5 2020 2 -1
Decreasing
Median Home Value $143,640 2016-20 1 1
Increasing
Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Median Rental Prices $896 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners 2.3 2016-20 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden 28% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters 32% 2016-20 3 10 Not Applicable*
Rent Burdened Households 47% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Homeownership Rate 68% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Vacant Housing Units 9% 2016-20 3 1
Increasing
Homeless Persons 0 10 Not Applicable*
Serious Crimes 170 2020 3 -1
Decreasing
Violent Crimes 24 2020 3 1
Increasing
Victims of Domestic Violence 57 2020 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates 8.7 2020 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Arrest Rates 130.1 2020 2 -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Per-Capita Spending for Local Government $3,731 2019 0 1
Increasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio 0.68 2016-20 3 0
Maintaining
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


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