Graduation by the Numbers
Putting Data to Work for Student Success
June 10, 2010
This year's Diplomas Count explores the graduation-rate challenges facing many students and districts and looks at how schools are using data to help students finish high school and earn diplomas.
- Education Sources and NotesDEFINING READINESS
College-readiness definition: State has formal expectations for what students will need to know and be able to do in order to be admitted to state’s two-year and/or four-year postsecondary institutions and enroll in credit-bearing courses. State approaches to defining college readiness have been classified into the following categories: courses, skills, standards, and tests. Some states’ definitions may include elements that do not fall into categories established for this analysis. EPE Research Center annual state policy survey (2009-10 school year), 2009.College & Workforce Readiness How Does the EPE Research Center Calculate Graduation Rates?Diplomas Count uses the Cumulative Promotion Index (CPI) method to calculate high school graduation rates for American public schools. This approach allows the EPE Research Center to compute the percent of public high school students who graduate on time with a diploma.IT Infrastructure Schools Innovate to Keep Students on Graduation TrackSchools collect more statistics now than ever before, and many are using data as they devise new strategies to help student graduate.Education About Graduation BriefsThe Editorial Projects in Education Research Center is engaged in a multi-year project to study high school graduation and related issues pertaining to late-secondary schooling and the transition to postsecondary education and employment. As part of this work, Editorial Projects in Education publishes a special edition of Education Week devoted to critical issues facing efforts to improve the nation’s high schools.