Cohort Graduation Rate
What is the Cohort Graduation Rate?
A graduation cohort is a group of students who enter high school in a given year, anywhere in the world. The four-year graduation rate for a cohort is the percentage of students in the cohort who earn a high school diploma within four years of entering high school. Students earning GEDs, or adult high school diplomas, or extended diplomas, are not counted as graduates. Students earning modified high school diplomas were not counted as graduates prior to 2013-14, but are counted as graduates beginning in 2013-14.
ODE calculates graduation rates for accountable schools throughout the state. PPS accountable schools are the following: Alliance, Benson, Cleveland, Franklin, Grant, Jefferson, LEP Charter, Lincoln, Madison, Metro. Learning, Roosevelt, Trillium, Wilson.
The graduation cohort for a school is made up of all students in the cohort whose last accountable enrollment was at that school.
Students leave a school’s cohort if:
- they transfer to another accountable school, including a charter school
- they transfer out of the district, state or country
- they transfer to home or private school.
Students remain in a school's cohort if:
- they transfer to a community-based alternative program
- they transfer to a non-accountable district program
- they drop out.
What is the Cohort Completion Rate?
The five-year completion rate for a cohort is the percentage of students in the cohort who earn a completion within five years of entering high school. A student is considered a completer if they earn a regular high school diploma, adult high school diploma, modified diploma, extended diploma, or GED. Graduates are always included as completers.
Participation certificates do not constitute completion.
Graduation Rate Resources
Oregon Department of Education Resources