On-time high school
What does it measure?
This indicator measures the percentage of high school students in the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System who graduate on-time.
Why is it important?
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.
How are we doing?
The percentage of 18- to 24-year-old residents of Chatham County who are neither working nor in school was below the comparable rate for the state in the most recent period for which data is available (2005-2007). The figure for Chatham County was 14%, which compares favorably to the state rate of 17.7%. It is likely that the lower county rate is partly a reflection of the relatively large presence of college-age students residing in Savannah and Chatham County. Variation in the level of reported percentages will characterize changes in the underlying level of disengagement of young adults, provided that the proportion of college-age persons in the county is relatively stable. The proportion of disengaged 16- to 19-year olds decreased from 2009 to 2011, falling to 11.7% from 16%. The state rate declined somewhat to 10.7% (2011) from 12% (2010)
ON-TIME HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE
Source: Kids Count, Georgia Dept. of Education, SCCPSS