The state Department of Education recently released its annual collection of data about high school graduation rates around the state. The statewide graduation rate for 2013 (that is, the 2009 cohort of students) was 74.9 percent, up slightly from the year before. (That counts kids who finished up by June 2013).
As we do every year, we've pulled out the stats from Capital Region school districts.
Sorted stats (including notes and qualifications) after the jump.
A note about the data
"Graduation rate" in the tables below counts students from the 2009 cohort who graduated as of August 2013 (four school years plus one summer). "Dropped out" is students who did not get a degree, did not transfer to a GED program, did not get an IEP diploma, or are not still enrolled.
In years past when we've posted these rates, people have (rightly) brought up the issue of household income and the percent of students with disabilities as it relates to graduation rates. So we've included the percentage of students who were tagged as being economically disadvantaged or having a disability in each district's cohort.
NYSED defines (doc) "economically disadvantaged" as any student whose family is enrolled in at least one of a group of public assistance programs -- among them: free or reduced price lunch, food stamps, the earned income tax credit, the Home Energy Assistance Program. The disabilities category can include everything from physical disabilities to learning disabilities.
We've also included the size of the cohort because a managing a class of 90 students is probably a different challenge from managing one of 500.
All data is from NYSED. In some cases, percentages have been rounded.
Capital Region aggregate rates
There are large-format tables above with rates and numbers for each district, both for 2013 and for previous years -- click or scroll all the way up.
An overview of all students in the region's four core counties:
A few notes
+ Duanesburg takes the top spot this year with a rate of more than 96 percent. It was at about 92 percent the year before. But the district's cohort is small -- just 76 students for the 2009 cohort -- so a few students either way will have a relatively large effect on the rate.
+ Albany takes the bottom spot for the fifth year in a row. But its rate was about 50 percent (it had been 49 percent the year before). It's worth noting that the Albany school district also had cohort with the
largest second largest percentage of students who are tagged as economically disadvantaged -- 58 percent. (Schenectady had the highest percentage of economically disadvantaged students -- 61 percent -- and had the second-lowest graduate rate.)
+ In previous years, people have asked about charter schools. Comparing Green Tech High and Albany Leadership to school districts is a bit of an apples and pears comparison, so we'll include the numbers here:
Green Tech High Charter School: 66.7 percent graduation rate / 1.5 percent dropped out / 66 student cohort
Albany Leadership Charter High School: 63 percent graduation rate / 0 percent dropped out / 27 student cohort
+ There continue to be large gaps between some some sub-groups of students in the Capital Region. For example: Students who were considered economically disadvantaged graduated at a rate 21 percentage points lower than students not considered economically disadvantaged.
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