The state Department of Education released data about high school graduation rates this week. The statewide graduation rate for the 2005 cohort of students was 74 percent (that counts kids who finished up by August 2009).
We pulled out the stats from Capital Region school districts. As we mentioned last year, some of the results are sort of shocking. Sorted stats (including notes and qualifications) after the jump.
A quick note about the data
"Graduation rate" in this case counts students from the 2005 cohort who graduated with a Regents or local degree as of August 2009 (four school years plus one summer). "Dropped out" is students who did not get a degree, did not transfer to a GED program or are not still enrolled.
First up, the whole list for the Capital Region, sorted highest to lowest.
Breakdowns by county -- with last year's rates -- follow that. (Comparing 2009 to 2008 isn't going to give you much sense of any significant trend, but it's there for casual comparison.)
A few notes follow the tables.
+ Duanesburg topped the chart with a 95 percent graduation rate (North Colonie and Niskayuna had the highest rate last year). It also tied BH-BL and Niskayuna for lowest drop out rate (1 percent).
+ Albany takes over the bottom spot this year with a 53 percent rate (Schenectady was at the bottom last year). Albany's rate is down from 61 percent the year before (again, one year to the next is probably not enough to call it a "trend.")
+ As abby, Milo and Susan pointed out last year, it can be hard to tracks kids from school district to the next -- so districts that have a lot of transfer may do worse in this sort of ranking.
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