The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate data beginning with the 2012-13 school year provided an accurate graduation model that followed students from their first year in high school through their expected cohort graduation school year.
The final federal regulations define the “four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate” as the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who entered high school four years earlier (adjusting for transfers in and out, émigrés and deceased students—see below).
Students who graduate in four years include students who earn a regular high school diploma at the end of their fourth year; before the end of their fourth year; and, if a state chooses, during a summer session immediately following their fourth year.
To remove a student from a cohort, a school or district must confirm in writing that a student has transferred out, emigrated to another country, or is deceased.
For students who transfer out of a school, the written confirmation must be official and document that the student has enrolled in another school or in an educational program that culminates in a regular high school diploma.
The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate must be reported at the high school, district, and State levels in the aggregate as well as disaggregated by subgroups.
Kentucky will soon begin the calculation of the five-year adjusted cohort graduation rate for the 2012-13 school year. For every cohort, the 4-year, 5-year and 6-year graduation rate will be calculated beginning with the 2012-13 school year.
At this time, the 2013 Cohort Graduation Rate Data is provided in the School Report Card under Data Sets.