On-time graduation rate
This indicator measures the percentage of high school students in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System who graduate on-time. In 2012 a new standardized definition of graduation rate was adopted by the Georgia Department of Education. The new measure includes all students who began in 9th and graduated in four years, taking into account dropouts, deaths, and transfers of students.
High school graduation is an important indicator of the success of an individual and society at large. It is a key factor influencing the long-term economic success of an individual. The on-time graduation rate provides a clear picture of the degree to which students progress through the high school public education system because it reflects the number of students who earn a diploma within four years of entering the ninth grade.
The difference between Chatham and Georgia public high school graduation rates was cut in half from 13 to 6.4 percentage points from 2011 to 2012. This more closely matches the previous differential of about four percentage points under the prior measure. Since 2007, the gap between the state and county on-time graduation rate substantially diminished. The graduation rate was 63.3% in Chatham in 2012, compared to 54.4% in 2011. The state experienced a smaller gain of 1.7 percentage points, rising to 69.7%.
ON-TIME HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE
Source: Kids Count, Georgia Dept. of Education, SCCPSS
*New Cohort Definition