The Alabama Department of Education just released the statistics based on graduation rates for public school districts from the 2011-2012 school year.
These statistics - the cohort graduation rate - serve as a common formula for calculating a state's high school graduation rate as part of the National Governor's Association (NGA) Graduation Counts Compact.
In all, the state of Alabama graduated 75% of all high school seniors in a public school district for the 2011-2012 school year.
The cohort graduation rate is calculated by taking the number of students enrolled in 9th grade at a given school (the 9th grade cohort - this includes both spring and summer graduates) and adds the number of students who transfer into the school/district. It also accounts for (subtracts) the students who transfer out.
A student transferring out can be a student who transfers to another school, emigrates, or dies during the 4-year cohort period.
In the WSFA 12 News viewing area, the school district with this highest graduation rate for 2011-2012 was the Coffee County School District with a 94% graduation rate - well above the state average of 75%.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Troy City School District with its one and only high school, Charles Henderson, listed a 58% graduation rate for 2011-2012.
The cohort graduation rate as calculated for the individual school districts is an average of the graduation rate for each secondary school within the district. To see the graduation percentage for each school district and its secondary schools, click below to be taken to your local Community Page.
PDF: To see the full numbers breakdown, CLICK HERE.
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