iIndicator Details

Cohort 4-Year Graduation Rate

Short Definition: % of students that enrolled in the 9th grade and graduated from high school four years later.

Long Definition:

Percentage of students who graduate from high school within four years of entering, calculated by dividing the number of students who graduate in four years or fewer by the total number of first-time entering ninth graders (adjusted for transfers in and transfers out during the four years).

Agency Source: RIDE

Time Period(s):
School Year 2007-08,  2008-09,  2009-10,  2010-11,  2011-12,  2012-13,  2013-14,  2014-15

Geographies: School, District

Data Type: Numeric


High school graduation is the minimum requisite for college and most employment.


As the four-year graduation rate is recalculated with the 5-year and 6-year rates, this number may change and therefore may not combine with the other 4-year cohort graduation indicators to add up to 100%.

The cohort formula required by the federal NCLB and by a National Governors Association compact that Rhode Island has signed focuses on a single “cohort” of students – the group of students who enrolled in 9th grade at the same time. The four-year cohort formula does not fully capture the graduation picture or reflect school and student successes in graduating in five or six years. However, RIDE does calculate five and six year cohorts and these are also available in the DataHUB. See RIDE website for more information.

Universe: Students entering 9th grade four years prior to graduation year who did not transfer out of the RI public system

Tags: GED, Dropout, Graduation, Attainment

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