The Grad/Dropout Rate report shows the percent of public high school students who, after beginning ninth grade four, five or six years ago, graduated or dropped out of school.
Because a high school diploma is so important to a student’s success, four-year graduation rates are an important school accountability measure adopted by the state and aligned with the National Governors Association (NGA) Graduation Counts Compact.
The Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) tracks individual students, from the time they enroll as first-time ninth-graders, until they graduate or otherwise leave public education. This "cohort" method helps track students who stay in school for up to six years to earn a diploma. It also helps districts account for students who are retained in a grade and stay in school, who drop out of school and return later, and those who transfer into and out of a district or in and out of the public school system.
Here’s an example: students in the 2011-12 cohort were ninth graders in the 2008-09 school year. Their "on-time" expected graduation is four years later (2012). Students in this cohort, who graduated in 2012, will be counted in the school’s four-year graduation rate; students who did not graduate in 2012 with their cohort group could be counted as a dropout or off-track but continuing. The five- and six-year rates are calculated the same, counting those who graduated with a regular high school diploma within five years and six years, respectively.
After choosing an entity (intermediate school district, district, school or statewide), you can view the four-, five- and six- year graduation rates for the school year you are interested in. You can also filter the data by gender or race/ethnicity and by these categories: economically disadvantaged, English language learners, homeless, migrant, and students with disabilities.
Total counts, as well as percentages, can be viewed. You can also see how the graduation rates have been trending since the 2006-07 school year.
Exploring the Grad/Dropout Rate report can answer questions like:
The Grad/Dropout Rate report contains data collected from each public school district, including public school academies and charter schools.
Each student is assigned to a graduation cohort the first time he or she is reported as a ninth grader, or, if a transfer student, immediately upon being reported as enrolled in a high school grade.
Students who transferred out of state, to a private school, or who began home schooling aren't included in the data. Buildings that exclusively serve court-placed students as defined by Title I, Part D have a building-level graduation/dropout rate, but are not included in the district rate.
Students will be included if they're reported for a least one count day, based on fall and spring counts. If students have not been in the district for at least one count day, they'll only be included in the state-level rates. Students included in building rates must have been reported to the state for two or more count days.
After the school year ends, school districts can review and request changes to graduation and dropout information on individual students from mid-July through mid-September. Intermediate school districts then conduct an audit between October and December.
Some districts may have "N/A" for both the graduation rate and the drop rate. These districts do not graduate students, so they do not have graduation or drop counts. They've been included in the report to ensure records for graduating buildings within the non-graduating district are included.
More detailed information regarding how graduation and dropout rates are calculated for a school can be found on the Michigan Cohort Graduation and Dropout Reports page, under Help and Training on the CEPI website, where you'll find a complete guide to understanding the Grad/Dropout rate report along with frequently asked questions. For more information on how we validate Grad/Dropout data, see the MI School Data How-Tos and News blog.
To protect the privacy of individual students, the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) uses data suppression rules. Whenever report settings would yield fewer than 10 students, less than 5 percent, or over 95 percent in any grouping, the data will not display.
This report is updated annually every February/March.
CEPI collected the data used to compile this report. The databases used include:
For more details on the data definitions and how the data is collected, please refer to the MSDS Collections Details Manual on the MSDS web page. You can find additional documentation on the Michigan Cohort Graduation and Dropout Reports section of the website.
Graduation Rate = Graduated / Total Cohort
Dropout = Dropouts / Total Cohort
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