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ERIC Number: ED499817
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 39
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Graduation and Dropout Statistics: For Washington's Counties, Districts, and Schools, School Year 2004-2005
Ireland, Lisa
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
The consequences of not graduating from high school are increasingly serious for both individuals and society as a whole. As a result, state and federal accountability systems now require reporting of more detailed graduation and dropout data. The federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires states to report disaggregated "on-time" graduation data for nine groups of students: the five major racial/ethnic groups, students with disabilities, students with limited English proficiency, students from economically disadvantaged families, and all students combined. Under certain conditions, the rate for these groups helps determine if a high school makes "Adequate Yearly Progress" (AYP) for federal accountability purposes. This report provides three types of results for the State of Washington at the state, county, district, and school levels: (1) annual dropout rates for the 2004-05 school year; (2) estimated graduation, dropout, and continuing rates for the cohort of students who were expected to graduate in 2005; and (3) extended graduation rates that include students who finish after their expected year of graduation. In school year 2004-05, nearly 16,000 students in grades 9-12 dropped out of school, about 5 percent of all high school students. Males dropped out at a higher rate than females, and 10 percent of all American Indian students dropped out of a high school grade during the year. Of the students who began grade 9 in the fall of 2001 and were expected to graduate in 2005, about 19 percent dropped out. About 74 percent of this cohort of students graduated "on-time" and 7 percent were still enrolled in school at the end of grade 12. An additional 5 percent graduated after their expected year, so the "extended" graduation rate was 79 percent. Asian/Pacific Islander and White students had the highest on-time graduation rates (80% and 78%) while only 55 percent of the American Indian students had graduated by the end of the four-year period. Thefollowing are appended: (1) Annual Dropout Statistics for Districts and Schools; (2) Cohort Graduation Statistics for Districts and Schools; (3) Extended Graduation Statistics for Districts and Schools; and (4) County Dropout and Graduation Statistics. (Contains 11 tables, 21 figures, and 30 footnotes.) [Appendixes are not included in the ERIC version of this report, but can be downloaded from publisher's web site. For the School Year 2003-04 edition of this report, see ED486516.]
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Old Capitol Building, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200. Tel: 360-725-6000; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001