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Graduation Rates

The Department released the first set of graduation rates for the 2006 cohort in the winter of 2007. 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. Prior to 2006, graduation rates could only be estimated from annual dropout data or from grade level enrollment information. Starting with 2006, the Department is able to track an individual cohort, or group of students, from the initial entrance into 9th grade through to graduation with student-level data from the state's Student Information Management System (SIMS).

Data Reports

State Data Reports

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State Graduation Rate Trends
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2019 4-yr Report
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2018 5-yr Report
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2018 4-yr Report
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2017 5-yr Report
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2017 4-yr Report
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2016 5-yr Report
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2016 4-yr Report
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2015 5-yr Report
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2015 4-yr Report
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2014 5-yr Report
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2014 4-yr Report
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2013 5-yr Report
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2013 4-yr Report
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2012 5-yr Report
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2012 4-yr Report
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2011 5-yr Report
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2011 4-yr Report
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2010 5-yr Report
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2010 4-yr Report
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2009 5-yr Report
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2009 4-yr Report
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2008 5-yr Report
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2008 4-yr Cohort
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2007 5-yr Cohort
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2007 4-yr Cohort
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2006 5-yr Cohort
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2006 Cohort
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Graduation Rates for all High Schools and Districts

Methodology

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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions and answers about Graduations Rates.
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Annual Dropout Rate vs. Cohort Graduation Rate
The definitions of dropout rates and graduation rates and an explanation of the differences between the two.
 
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