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 are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
The percentage of the Class of 2012 graduating on time (after 4 years of high school) was 78% in Cayuga County and 80% in Seneca County. These rates were lower than the 84% graduation rate at the state (excluding NYC) level. The graduation rate for Cayuga was below most comparison counties, which ranged from 78%-87%. Graduation rates in Cayuga have fluctuated throughout the decade, but reached a decade high in 2012. Seneca's graduation rates have also fluctuated over the decade, but have steadily increased since 2008. The state rate has been increasing steadily in the past few years. Among school districts, graduation rates for the Class of 2012 ranged from 72% in Auburn to 92% in Weedsport in Cayuga and from 73% in South Seneca to 83% in Waterloo in Seneca County.
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.