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Indicator Report - Four-Year Cohort High School Graduation Rate

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.

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

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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 

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

How We Calculated the Rates

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

Page Content Updated On 09/17/2012, Published on 09/19/2012
State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485
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