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Important Facts for 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

State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485
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