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Cohort 2007 4-Year Graduation Rates - State Results

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is calculating and reporting graduation rates as part of overall efforts to improve educational outcomes for all students. In addition, reporting graduation rates is required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and by a National Governors Association compact that Massachusetts has signed

The following tables and graphs summarize the results for the 2007 cohort. The four-year graduation rate is calculated as follows:

# of students in cohort (denominator) who graduate in 4 years or less
[# of 1st time entering 9th graders in 2003-04] - transfers out/deaths + transfers in

Table 1. Graduation Results for All Students and by Student Subgroups
 Graduates Non-High-School-Graduates
 
All Students 75,912 80.9% +1.0 6.6% 0.9% 2.0% 9.4% 0.2%
Male 38,571 77.8% +1.4 8.0% 0.9% .2.1% 10.8% 0.3%
Female 37,341 84.1% +0.6 5.2% 0.9% 1.8% 7.9% 0.1%
Limited Eng. Prof. 3,981 .53.3% -1.2 15.9% 5.4% 0.6% 24.6% 0.2%
Special Education 13,594 62.8% +1.7 16.6% 2.4% 1.9% 16.1% 0.2%
Low-Income 24,495 65.2% +3.2 12.3% 1.9% 2.6% 17.8% 0.3%
African-American 6,519 65.2% +0.8 14.3% 2.5% 1.7% 15.8% 0.5%
Asian 3,419 83.7% -0.2 7.0% 1.0% 1.3% 6.8% 0.3%
Hispanic 9,156 58.5% +1.6 13.6% 2.5% 2.2% 22.8% 0.4%
Native American 193 68.4% -1.4 10.9% 2.1% 2.6% 16.1% 0.0%
White 55,704 86.4% +1.3 4.5% 0.4% 2.0% 6.6% 0.1%
Pacific Islander 132 63.6% +13.1 13.6% 1.5% 6.1% 15.2% 0.0%
Multi race, Non-Hisp. 789 79.6% -6.5 8.2% 2.0% 1.3% 8.7% 0.1%
Urban 20,771 63.9% +1.6 12.2% 2.0% 2.1% 19.5% 0.2%

Table 2. Graduation Results by Race/Ethnicity and Gender
 Graduates Non-High-School-Graduates
 
Af. Am. Male 3,27958.5% +1.0 18.1% 2.3% 2.1% 18.2% 0.8%
Af. Am. Female 3,240 72.1% +0.6 10.4% 2.6% 1.4% 13.3% 0.2%
Asian Male 1,775 81.9% +0.3 7.5% 1.1% 1.2% 7.7% 0.5%
Asian Female 1,664 85.5% -2.4 6.4% 0.8% 1.3% 6.0% 0.0%
Hispanic Male 4,620 53.2% +2.0 15.7% 2.2% 2.3% 26.1% 0.6%
Hispanic Female 4,536 64.0% +1.3 11.5% 2.9% 2.1% 19.4% 0.1%
Nat. Am. Male 101 67.3% +4.0 12.9% 3.0% 1.0% 15.8% 0.0%
Nat. Am. Female 92 69.6% -5.8 8.7% 1.1% 4.3% 16.3% 0.0%
White Male 28,351 84.0% +1.8 5.6% 0.5% 2.2%7.6% 0.2%
White Female 27,353 88.8% +0.8 3.4% 0.4% 1.8%5.5% 0.0%
Pacific Isl. Male 72 54.2% +18.0 15.3% 2.8% 6.9%20.8% 0.0%
Pacific Isl. Female 60 75.0% +8.3 11.7% 0.0% 5.0% 8.3% 0.0%
Multi race, Male 373 74.3% -9.5 9.9% 2.1% 1.3% 12.1% 0.3%
Multi race, Female 416 84.4% -3.9 6.7% 1.9% 1.2% 5.8% 0.0%
This bar graph depicts the data presented in Table 2.

Table 3. Graduation Results by Race and Limited English Proficient Status
 Graduates Non-High-School-Graduates
 
African-American LEP 713 55.8% -2.1 19.5% 9.3% 0.1% 14.9% 0.4%
African-American Non-LEP 5,806 66.4% +1.0 13.6% 1.6% 1.9% 15.9% 0.5%
Asian LEP 617 68.4% -4.8 17.3% 2.3% 0.8% 11.2% 0.0%
Asian Non-LEP 2,802 87.0% -0.3 4.7% 0.7% 1.4% 5.9% 0.3%
Hispanic LEP 2,033 45.0% +0.5 16.2% 5.4% 0.6% 32.6% 0.3%
Hispanic Non-LEP 7,123 62.4% +0.8 12.9% 1.7% 2.6% 20.0% 0.4%
Native American LEP 8 37.5% -12.5 50.0% 12.5% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Native American Non-LEP 185 69.7% -1.3 9.2% 1.6% 2.7% 16.8% 0.0%
White LEP 584 63.7% +1.8 8.6% 3.3% 0.9% 23.6% 0.0%
White Non-LEP 55,120 86.6% +1.2 4.5% 0.4% 2.0% 6.4% 0.1%
Pacific Islander LEP 6 50.0% -12.5 33.3% 0.0% 0.0% 16.7% 0.0%
Pacific Islander Non-LEP 126 64.3% +14.8 12.7% 1.6% 6.3% 15.1% 0.0%
Multi race LEP 20 50.0% -11.5 10.0% 20.0% 0.0% 20.0% 0.0%
Multi race Non-LEP 769 80.4% -6.2 8.2% 1.6% 1.3% 8.5% 0.1%

Table 4. Graduation Results for Special Education Students by Gender
 Graduates Non-High-School-Graduates
 
Special Ed. Male 8,756 61.3% +1.8 17.4% 2.3% 1.9% 16.9% 0.2%
Spec. Ed. Female 5,018 65.3% +1.2 15.4% 2.7% 2.0% 14.5% 0.1%

Table 5. Graduation Results for Limited English Proficient Students by Gender
 Graduates Non-High-School-Graduates
 
LEP Male 2,091 48.3% -1.1 17.5% 4.5% 0.7% 28.6% 0.4%
LEP Female 1,890 58.8% -1.1 14.2% 6.2% 0.5% 20.2% 0.1%

Table 6. Competency Determination Status of Select Non-Graduate Groups
 Still in School Dropped out
CD No CD CD No CD
All Students 59% 41% 32% 68%
Male 60% 40% 31% 69%
Female 57% 43% 32% 68%
Limited Eng. Prof. 41% 59% 10% 90%
Special Education 42% 58% 26% 74%
Low-Income 55% 45% 25% 75%
African-American 51% 49% 19% 81%
Asian 69% 31% 25% 75%
Hispanic 52% 48% 16% 84%
Native American 72% 28% 25% 75%
White 64% 36% 42% 58%
Pacific Islander 33% 67% 46% 54%
Multi race, Non-Hisp. 71% 29% 52% 48%
Urban 52% 48% 19% 81%

Table 7. Distribution of Districts
Rate Number of Districts Percentage of Districts
< 50% 6 2.1
50 - <60% 9 3.2
60 - <70% 13 4.6
70 - <80% 39 13.9
80 - <85% 34 12.1
85 - <90%69 24.6
90 - <95% 66 23.5
95 - 100% 45 16.0
Total 281 100

This bar graph depicts the data presented in Table 7

Table 8. Distribution of Schools
Rate Number of Districts Percentage of Districts
< 50%3810.8
50 - .<60%123.4
60 - <70%205.7
70 - <80%4312.3
80 - <85%4011.4
85 - <90%6418.2
90 - <95%7521.4
95 - 100%5916.8
Total351100
This bar graph depicts the data presented in Table 8

Notes:

  • Row percentages in tables may not total to 100 percent due to rounding.
  • In the reporting of aggregate results, students are included in the first column (from left to right) for which they qualify. For example, students who dropped out or were expelled, but earned a GED, are included in the GED category. Students who have earned a Certificate of Attainment but are still enrolled in school are included in the "Still in School" column.
  • Non-Grad Completer includes 1) students who earned a certificate of attainment, 2) students who met local graduation requirements but the district does not offer certificates of attainment, and 3) students with special needs who reached the maximum age (22) but did not graduate.
  • Students that earn a GED or Certificate of Attainment are not counted as graduates.
  • The Limited English Proficient, Special Education, and Low Income groups include all students that were reported in those categories at least once in high school. Students can be counted in more than one group.
  • The cohort count is as of the end of 2006-07school year. The status (e.g. graduate, enrolled) is updated as of October 1, 2007.
  • The Urban group includes all students in the 22 districts that participate in the Department's Urban Superintendent Network (Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Chelsea, Chicopee, Fall River, Fitchburg, Framingham, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Revere, Somerville, Springfield, Taunton, Worcester).
  • Results based on data submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education by school districts through the Department's Student Information Management System.


Last Updated: January 22, 2008
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