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

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 

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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

Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 09/17/2012

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