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Indicator 3:

On-time graduation rate

vs. Georgia

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.  In 2012 a new standardized definition of graduation rate was adopted by the Georgia Department of Education.  The new measure includes all students who began in 9th and graduated in four years, taking into account dropouts, deaths, and transfers of students.

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 difference between Chatham and Georgia public high school graduation rates was cut in half from 13 to 6.4 percentage points from 2011 to 2012. This more closely matches the previous differential of about four percentage points under the prior measure. Since 2007, the gap between the state and county on-time graduation rate substantially diminished. The graduation rate was 63.3% in Chatham in 2012, compared to 54.4% in 2011. The state experienced a smaller gain of 1.7 percentage points, rising to 69.7%.


                                 ON-TIME HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE 
                      Source: Kids Count, Georgia Dept. of Education, SCCPSS 


Year Chatham
2002 59.5% 61.8%
2003 56.7% 63.2%
2004 53.9% 65.4%
2005 69.0% 69.4%
2006 65.4% 70.8%
2007 62.0% 72.3%
2008 63.9% 75.4%
2009 72.2% 78.9%
2010 77.7% 80.9%
2011* 54.4%* 67.4%*
2012* 63.3%* 69.7%*

                                                         *New Cohort Definition