Membership in a cohort class is established at the time of the student's first enrollment in a high school grade. It is computed on the typical four year expectation for graduation based on the high school grade in which the student is first enrolled. The student's identity with the cohort class remains the same, regardless of student transfers, credits earned, time spent out of Arizona, time spent out of school, and the time necessary for the student to complete requirements for graduation.
When calculating the graduation rates for subgroups, membership in a subgroup depends on the student’s information at his last enrollment of record. For example, if a student is an English language learner in 9th grade, exits the program as proficient, and graduates, that student will not be included in the graduation rate of the English Language Learner subgroup. If a student is an English language learner and drops out before graduating, that student will be included in the graduation rate of the English language learner subgroup.
Graduates are students who have met one of the following requirements to receive a high school diploma:
Completed a course of study for high school, AND Passed all three high school AIMS assessments with or without augmentation;
Completed an Individual Education Plan (IEP), AND Fulfilled the AIMS requirement specified in their IEP.
Students are considered as graduating on time for the four-year graduation rate if they graduate any time prior to September 1st of the following school year.
When the graduation rate is calculated, year-end or exit codes are used to place students in the cohort into one of the three categories (graduate, non-graduate, and exited the cohort). Only records that have passed integrity are used in the calculation.
To compute each graduation rate the following formula is used:
Graduation Rate =
Number of Graduates
Number of Graduates + Number of Non-Graduates
Because the graduation rate is a cohort measure, schools should be especially aware that:
1. A school is responsible for students in the non-graduate category even if the students were not enrolled in that school for their graduation year.
2. A student may be a member of a cohort because of an enrollment in the ninth grade in another school regardless of when the student was considered a ninth grade student in their current school.
Arizona Department of Education, Research & Evaluation, Graduation Rates.
NA indicates less than 11 students.