Students Graduating in 4 Years (NGA Rate)

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Definitions: Starting in the 2002-2003 school year, the National Governors Association Graduation Rate (NGA) is used for graduation rates. It is a four-year, on-time graduation rate agreed to by all 50 states. The cohort is larger than the AYP rate because in addition to grads and drops, it considers continuing and unknown students. For the Class of 2007, the cohort of students was determined by counting first time ninth graders in 2004 plus transfers into the group minus transfers out over the next four years. The NGA rate only considers students who graduate in four years. The number of four-year graduates is divided by the total number of students in the cohort. The National Center for Education Statistics cites this rate as the NCES Exclusion-Adjusted Cohort Graduation Indicator. Data exist for this indicator from 2002-2008.

Data Source: Minnesota Department of Education, Data Downloads