High School Graduation
Every youth graduates from high school.
WHY IT MATTERS
With a citywide four-year high school graduation rate of 72%, this means that more than 28% of our DC Public Schools and public charter school students do not graduate high school in the expected timeframe.
Examining cohorts of students who started 9th grade between 2006 - 2009, the Raise DC's 2014 Graduation Pathways Report found that about one-fourth of a student’s chances of graduating from high school could be accounted for by 8th grade characteristics. Moreover, it found that roughly 46% of first-time 9th graders (2008) ended their freshman year “off track” (low credit accumulation and high unexcused absences) – the vast majority of whom eventually dropped out. Raise DC aims increase the percentage of youth who graduate from high school prepared for postsecondary education and career opportunities.
INDICATORS Tied to thIS Goal
- Four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR)
- Five-year adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR)