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On-time High School Graduation

Measure Baseline (2015) Current Target (2025) Trend Michigan Chart
On-time high school graduation Disaggregated 84% 87% 90%

Rationale: High school graduation helps predict how well teens are prepared for further education and employment and has wide-ranging health, social and economic impacts. 90% is the highest rate of on-time high school graduation in the top 25 cities to raise a family. Source: https://smartasset.com/mortgage/the-best-cities-to-raise-a-family

81%
White 84% 87% 84%
Black 78% 82% 70%
Latino 84% 90% 74%
Asian N/A 87% 73%
Two or More Races 90% 89% 81%
About this measure

Four-year “on-time” graduation rates are a school accountability measure adopted by the state of Michigan, and the methodology for calculating rates is aligned with the National Governors Association Graduation Counts Compact.Students who graduate from high school on time are more likely to continue to postsecondary education and training, access employment, and have higher earnings than those who do not graduate. High school graduates also have better health outcomes and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors.

High school graduates are more likely to secure employment after school than dropouts. High school dropouts are less likely to have health insurance as approximately half of Americans receive their insurance through their employer. This can lead to poorer overall health.” In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the annual earnings for a high school dropout were $25k compared to $34k for a high school graduate. Lower education leads to higher probability of incarceration. Approximately 56% of federal inmates, 67% in state, and 69% of inmates in local jails did not complete high school.

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About the data

Definition: The percentage of an entering freshman class graduating in four years.
Numerator: Number of students receiving a regular diploma within four years of entering from 9th grade during a given school year.
Denominator: Number of students entering from 9th grade plus number of transfers in minus number of verified transfers out, emigrated, or passed away over the four years.
Frequency: Annual.
Baseline: 69% (2015)
Target: 85% (Average rate of top 25 cities to raise a family)
Rationale: High school graduation helps predict how well teens are prepared for further education and employment and has wide-ranging health, social and economic impacts. 85% is the average rate of on-time high school graduation in the top 25 cities to raise a family.
Source: Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information.