Friday, August 9, 2013

District's Graduation Rates Rise

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released its 2012-13 Cohort Graduation Rate Report earlier today. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has a significant increase in both the four-year and five-year cohort graduation rates.

The four-year cohort rate (for students who started high school in 2009-10 and finished in four years or less) increased 2.6 percent – from 90.0 percent in 2012 to 92.6 percent in 2013. The five-year cohort rate (for students who started high school in 2008-09) increased 2.5 percent – from 90.8 percent in 2012 to 93.5 percent in 2013.

“We are very pleased with the increase in our graduation rates and we salute all of our hardworking students, teachers and administrators,” said Superintendent Thomas A. Forcella.  “However, we will not be completely satisfied until every student graduates, and that will continue to be our goal moving forward.”

North Carolina’s four-year cohort graduation rate also continued its upward climb and set another record. In 2013, 82.5 percent of students who started ninth-grade in 2009-10 completed high school in four years or less. This is up from the 2012 rate of 80.4 percent. The five-year cohort graduation rate for students who entered ninth-grade in 2008-09 showed a five-year graduation rate of 83.1 percent, up from the five-year rate for the 2007-08 ninth graders of 81.1 percent. 

For more information, including a chart showing the cohort graduation rate by gender and subgroups, as well as a link to view state, district and school results, please visit and click on the appropriate link under “News.”

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