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Complete Indicator Profile of Four-Year Cohort High School Graduation Rate

Definition

The four-year cohort high school graduation rate reflects the percentage of ninth graders (cohort) who graduated from high school four years later.

Numerator

Number of ninth graders in the cohort who graduate from high school four years later

Denominator

Total number of students in the ninth grade cohort

Why Is This Important?

"Adults who do not graduate from high school are more likely to suffer from health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Individuals with less education are also more likely to engage in risky health behaviors, such as smoking and being physically inactive." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020

What Is Being Done?

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Dropout Prevention and Intervention

Evidence-based Practices

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Dropout Prevention and Intervention: Best Practices

Institute of Education Sciences, What Works Clearinghouse

More Information

For more information, see N.C. DPI's Cohort Graduation Rates.



Graphical Data Views

Four-Year High School Graduation Rate North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2007-2012

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 School Year Percentage of Cohort Who Graduate in Four Years Numerator Denominator
North Carolina 08-09 71.8% 81,424 113,471
North Carolina 09-10 74.2% 83,309 112,299
North Carolina 10-11 77.9% 85,968 110,377
North Carolina 11-12 80.4% 89,126 111,101
HNC 2020 Target 08-09 94.6%
HNC 2020 Target 09-10 94.6%
HNC 2020 Target 10-11 94.6%
HNC 2020 Target 11-12 94.6%

Data Notes

The data includes students who transferred into the Local Education Agency (LEA) minus students who transferred out of the LEA. The graduates do not include students who leave public high school for a community college, GED or adult high school, nor does it include students with disabilities who complete the 12th grade but do not qualify for a standard diploma.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

N.C. Department of Public Instruction 



Four-Year High School Graduation Rate by Sex, 2011-2012

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Sex Percentage of Cohort Who Graduate in Four Years Numerator Denominator
Male 76.3% 43,340 56,791
Female 84.3% 45,786 54,310

Data Notes

The data includes students who transferred into the Local Education Agency (LEA) minus students who transferred out of the LEA. The graduates do not include students who leave public high school for a community college, GED or adult high school, nor does it include students with disabilities who complete the 12th grade but do not qualify for a standard diploma. 

Data Sources

N.C. Department of Public Instruction 



Four-Year High School Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity, 2011-2012

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Race/Ethnicity Percentage of Cohort Who Graduate in Four Years Numerator Denominator
American Indian 73.7% 1,264 1,716
Asian 86.6% 2,275 2,626
Black 74.6% 24,317 32,594
Hispanic 72.8% 7,461 10,255
Multi-Racial 80.1% 2,636 3,290
White 84.4% 51,095 60,527

Data Notes

The data includes students who transferred into the Local Education Agency (LEA) minus students who transferred out of the LEA. The graduates do not include students who leave public high school for a community college, GED or adult high school, nor does it include students with disabilities who complete the 12th grade but do not qualify for a standard diploma. 

Data Sources

N.C. Department of Public Instruction 



Four-Year High School Graduation Rate by County, 2011-2012

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County Percentage of Cohort Who Graduate in Four Years Numerator Denominator
Alamance 76.3% 1,452 1,904
Alexander 85.0% 379 446
Alleghany 85.6% 101 118
Anson 73.8% 270 366
Ashe 80.1% 189 236
Avery 84.4% 162 192
Beaufort 71.9% 358 498
Bertie 71.8% 173 241
Bladen 79.8% 327 410
Brunswick 83.8% 804 960
Buncombe 81.5% 2,068 2,538
Burke 81.8% 1,033 1,263
Cabarrus 85.4% 2,417 2,829
Caldwell 84.6% 871 1,029
Camden 85.5% 124 145
Carteret 81.7% 588 720
Caswell 77.6% 180 232
Catawba 84.2% 1,994 2,368
Chatham 82.4% 549 666
Cherokee 88.9% 256 288
Chowan 78.3% 155 198
Clay 84.5% 71 84
Cleveland 77.7% 981 1,263
Columbus 82.0% 675 823
Craven 85.6% 936 1,093
Cumberland 80.7% 3,161 3,917
Currituck 87.4% 181 207
Dare 88.9% 312 351
Davidson 81.0% 1,951 2,410
Davie 83.2% 395 475
Duplin 80.8% 529 655
Durham 77.0% 2,038 2,648
Edgecombe 79.8% 431 540
Forsyth 80.8% 3,195 3,952
Franklin 80.1% 540 674
Gaston 77.9% 1,941 2,493
Gates 85.7% 138 161
Graham 93.6% 73 78
Granville 72.6% 514 708
Greene 84.3% 188 223
Guilford 84.5% 4,849 5,737
Halifax 79.2% 717 905
Harnett 74.5% 1,048 1,407
Haywood 79.3% 486 613
Henderson 84.9% 817 962
Hertford 77.9% 155 199
Hoke 73.7% 368 499
Hyde 56.3% 9 16
Iredell 87.1% 2,241 2,572
Jackson 83.7% 216 258
Johnston 82.4% 1,770 2,149
Jones 80.6% 75 93
Lee 84.0% 618 736
Lenoir 78.1% 598 766
Lincoln 87.0% 927 1,065
Macon 84.5% 283 335
Madison 82.4% 140 170
Martin 74.3% 217 292
McDowell 78.2% 405 518
Mecklenburg 75.3% 7,534 10,009
Mitchell 83.4% 121 145
Montgomery 80.5% 289 359
Moore 83.4% 851 1,020
Nash 76.9% 1,069 1,390
New Hanover 80.4% 1,497 1,862
Northampton 76.4% 197 258
Onslow 86.5% 1,457 1,684
Orange 88.6% 2,049 2,313
Pamlico 87.8% 137 156
Pasquotank 84.1% 348 414
Pender 86.6% 573 662
Perquimans 83.7% 108 129
Person 72.9% 345 473
Pitt 73.0% 1,413 1,935
Polk 89.7% 183 204
Randolph 84.1% 1,666 1,980
Richmond 73.5% 475 646
Robeson 82.6% 1,546 1,872
Rockingham 76.0% 816 1,074
Rowan 81.1% 1,301 1,604
Rutherford 74.9% 632 844
Sampson 76.7% 741 966
Scotland 76.2% 390 512
Stanly 82.4% 653 792
Stokes 86.1% 516 599
Surry 86.0% 924 1,074
Swain 79.9% 135 169
Transylvania 82.1% 211 257
Tyrrell 78.3% 36 46
Union 89.6% 2,501 2,791
Vance 68.2% 377 553
Wake 81.2% 9,072 11,175
Warren 83.2% 159 191
Washington 79.9% 115 144
Watauga 85.4% 315 369
Wayne 80.1% 1,150 1,436
Wilkes 86.6% 641 740
Wilson 72.6% 685 944
Yadkin 82.2% 401 488
Yancey 82.0% 392 478

Data Notes

The data includes students who transferred into the Local Education Agency (LEA) minus students who transferred out of the LEA. The graduates do not include students who leave public high school for a community college, GED or adult high school, nor does it include students with disabilities who complete the 12th grade but do not qualify for a standard diploma. 

Data Sources

N.C. Department of Public Instruction 

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