Graduation Data: County vs. District

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Graduation Data: County vs. District

Graduation rates vary considerably whether given on the state, county, or district level. The New Jersey education department each year reports graduation rates on a county-by-county level by computing the ratio of total graduates to fall enrollment when those graduates were high school freshmen. Although this year's report isn't yet available, Education Week used this methodology to calculate the countywide and districtwide rates using the raw data used to produce New Jersey's most recent school report card. The table shows the great variance that occurs between some urban and suburban districts--a fact some observers say is glossed over by the countywide rates. Department officials, however, point out that student mobility makes it impossible to calculate a true graduation rate over four years because the state doesn't currently know how many of the students who leave a district over the years transfer or drop out.

County District 1995-96 Rate* 1995-96 Rate
Camden Cherry Hill Township 82% 102%
Camden Haddonfield Borough 82 100
Camden Collingswood Borough 82 98
Camden Haddon Township 82 94
Camden Eastern Camden County Regional 82 90
Camden Audubon Borough 82 89
Camden Haddon Heights Borough 82 89
Camden Lower Camden County Regional 82 86
Camden Sterling High School 82 86
Camden Gloucester City 82 84
Camden Pennsauken Township 82 84
Camden Black Horse Pike Regional 82 81
Camden Camden City 82 52
Camden Oaklyn Borough 82 N/A
Mercer Hopewell Valley Regional 82% 104%
Mercer Princeton Regional 82 103
Mercer Lawrence Township 82 94
Mercer West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional 82 93
Mercer East Windsor Regional 82 92
Mercer Hamilton Township 82 88
Mercer Trenton City 82 31
Mercer Ewing Township 82 N/A

* The number of graduates in each county was calculated from the sum of fall senior enrollments multiplied by the percentage of those students who graduated later that year.

NOTE: Some rates are more than 100% in part because the number of graduates may include transfer students and others not included in fall enrollment counts.

SOURCE: New Jersey Department of Education.

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