On-time graduation rate by race in South Dakota

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Definitions: This measure is based on the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma, divided by the number of students who form the “adjusted cohort” for that graduating class. The adjusted cohort is defined as the students who entered ninth grade for the first time four years ago, minus those who transferred out of the cohort (i.e., moved out of state, transferred to a private school, etc.), plus students who joined the cohort (i.e., students who began four years ago as a ninth grader in a private school, out of state, etc.) As opposed to the completer rate above, only students who graduate with a regular diploma are counted positively. Those who continue their education beyond four years, those who finish with a GED, and those who drop out are all counted against the Four-Year Graduation Rate.

NOTE: If students did not attend at least 50% of their senior year at one school, students counted at the high school they attended the longest, or the last enrolled if there are multiple with equal enrollment lengths.

South Dakota is required to follow the Title I Four-Year Adjusted Cohort methodology in determining Graduation Rate, as defined in 34 C.F.R. § 200.19(b).


Numerator = Number of cohort members who graduate in four years with a high school diploma

Denominator = Number of first-time ninth graders in fall 2014 (starting cohort year), plus students who transfer into, minus students who are removed from, the cohort during the school years 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19

Data Source: Source: South Dakota Department of Education, https://doe.sd.gov/
South Dakota Report Card for the respective year

NA = data are not available

Year=School year.

Last updated 3 December 2019