High School Graduation Rate
What does this measure?
The number of students graduating after 4 years of high school, expressed as a percentage of their cohort. A cohort is a 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 is our region doing?
Of the Gulf Coast cohort that entered ninth grade in 2011, 77% graduated in 2015, close to the statewide rate of 78%. Three of the 4 counties had rates close to the state's, with 79% of Sarasota's 2015 cohort graduating, 76% of Charlotte's, and 78% of Manatee's, while only 62% of DeSoto's 2015 cohort graduated.
The region improved significantly since 2003, when the cohort graduation rate was 60%. Most of the increase came in the last 4 years, with the rate in 2015 8 percentage points higher than it was in 2011. Manatee and Sarasota counties are the main drivers of the growth in graduation rates over this period, with increases of 13 and 8 points respectively.
Notes about the data
Data for this indicator are released annually in December.