Research and Reports

Graduation Rate

Published: 8/3/2018 3:15 PM

Graduation Rate is one of the indicators used to measure academic and school quality in Kentucky’s new accountability system. Kentucky’s new accountability system has students at its center – ensuring they are well rounded, transition-ready, and prepared with knowledge, skills and essential dispositions to successfully pursue the pathway of their choice after graduation from high school.

Graduation rate is the percentage of students completing the requirements for a Kentucky high school diploma compared to a cohort of students beginning in grade nine. Kentucky uses both a five-year and four-year adjusted cohort rate in accountability. The five-year rate recognizes the persistence of students and educators in completing the requirements for a Kentucky high school diploma.  The cohort is “adjusted” by adding any students who transfer into the cohort and by subtracting any students who transfer out of the cohort to a legitimate educational setting or situation (e.g., transfer to an out-of-state school, enroll in a private school, emigrate to another country, or student death). The Graduation Rate will be reported for all students and all student groups and based on the students’ final enrollment. 

Both the four-year and five-year adjusted cohort formula uses the number of students who graduate in four or five years divided by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class in four or five years, respectively. Kentucky’s Graduation rate indicator averages the four- and five- year rates. 

Measures used to determine the Graduation Rate are:

  • A 4-year adjusted cohort rate and an extended 5 –year adjusted cohort in accountability
  • 4-year and 5-year rates averaged for accountability reporting
  • The number of students who graduate within a specified period divided by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class
  • Schools with a 4-year graduation rate of less than 80% will be identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI)

Graduation Rate in 2017-18 Accountability
  • High School Only
  • CSI/TSI/Other Identification
  • CSI I – Indicator (4 and 5 year rate)
  • CSI II – Less than 80% graduation rate for Title I or non-Title I high schools (4 year only)

Additional information and indicators will be reported to provide a more complete picture of education in Kentucky. Results will be reported in an online Report Card including disaggregation of individual student group data and the reported only measures of whole child supports and state-funded preschool rating.

Beginning in 2018-19, an overall 5-star rating will be determined by setting standards for low to high performance on six indicators.

  • Proficiency
  • Separate Academic Indicator
  • Growth
  • Graduation Rate
  • Transition Readiness
  • Achievement Gap Closure
  • Opportunity and Access (anticipated 2019-20)


Cohort Graduation Rate Data

The Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate data provides an accurate graduation model that follows students from their first year in high school through their expected cohort graduation school year.

The 4 and 5-year adjusted cohort graduation rates are reported at the high school, district, and state levels in the aggregate as well as disaggregated by subgroups. For every cohort, the 4-year and 5-year graduation rate is calculated beginning with the 2012-13 school year.

The “4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate” is defined 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. 

The “5-year adjusted cohort graduation rate” is defined as the number of students who graduate in five years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who entered high school five years earlier adjusting for transfers in and out, émigrés and deceased students.

The 4-year and 5-year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate will be averaged from accountability reporting. The 4-year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate is used to determine if the district/school met their graduation rate goal. Schools with a 4-year graduation rate of less than 80 percent will be identified for Comprehensive Support and Instructions (CSI). 

Graduation data can be found in the School Report Card and in Open House.

  • The 5-year graduation rates used in accountability calculations can be found in the school report card under: Accountability Tab, Learners Tab and then Graduation Rate Tab.
  • The 4-year graduation rates with disaggregated data and goals can be found in the school report card under:  Delivery Targets Tab and then Graduation Rate Tab.
  • Data Sets are found in the school report card.
  • Trend data (disaggregated by year) can be found in Open House under Supplemental Data\ Learning Environment.

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Training Materials

Additional parts of Kentucky's Accountability System will be available by the fall of 2018.


Indicators
Achievement Gap Closure

Cohort Graduation Rate Information

School Report Card (Link to Graduation Rate Data) 

Open House (Learning Environment tab)

 

Cohort Graduation Rate Formulas

Cohort Graduation Rate FAQ

 

 

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