High School Graduation Rate, Cincinnati Public Schools

The State of Ohio defines the graduation rate as the percentage of students that received a diploma in four years (including summer graduates), accounting for dropouts and withdrawals. Many students, especially in urban areas, move between schools within or outside of their school district, making accurate calculation difficult and expensive.
Ohio will soon be moving to a standard four year adjusted cohort rate that will more accurately be able to account for students. The current high school graduation rate is a calculation.  It takes the number of graduates and divides them by the number of 9th graders four years earlier, accounting for students who transfer out. The new rate, the ‘four year adjusted cohort rate’ is not a calculation.  It’s an actual accounting of students who start in 9th grade and graduate for years later, based on tracking students by their student id. Ohio has targeted to report the new graduation rate in the 2010-11 school year.



What It Tells Us: 

Cincinnati Public Schools' graduation rate has been steadily increasing since the baseline year. Although the graduation rate dropped 3 percentage points from the previous year, the gap between the district and the state remains small. The district has set a benchmark in its strategic plan of 95 percent by 2010-11.  

 Note: 2009-10 data is not presented for the school districts as graduation rates lag one year on the state report cards to account for summer graduates.