Index: Education / Subcategory: K-12

High School Graduation Rates

Date updated: 02/26/2013

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Colorado and Larimer County Graduation Rates

Larimer County School District Graduation Rate By Race/Ethnicity & Gender, 2012

According to the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) website, the graduation rate is a cumulative or longitudinal rate which calculates the number of students who actually graduate as a percent of those who were in membership over a four-year period (i.e., from Grades 9-12) and could have graduated with the current graduating class.

Beginning with the 2005-06 school year, CCR 301-67 changed how the CDE counted students who left school to pursue a GED (General Educational Development) certificate. Prior to 2005-06, students entering a GED program were counted as transfers and did not affect the graduation rate. Starting in 2005-06, GED-bound students remained in the membership base, thereby lowering the graduation rate.

To comply with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the methodology for calculating graduation rates changed again with the Class of 2010. The new 'on-time' formula assigns students to a graduating class when they enter ninth grade. Only those students graduating four years after entering ninth grade are included in this formula.

NOTE: Caution should be used in comparing the graduation rates for the Classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012 with previous years since the 'on-time' formula significantly changes how the rates are calculated.

What this chart shows: Overall Graduation Rates in Colorado & School Districts in Larimer County, Class of 2003 to Class of 2012

 

Data Source: Colorado Department of Education

See data table

What the above data tell us:

School districts in Larimer County had higher graduation rates than the state average from 2003 through 2012. Beginning in 2005-06, students pursuing a GED certificate were no longer counted as transfer students. Not being able to include these students resulted in a 6.8% decrease in the graduation rate for Poudre School District for the Class of 2006, and smaller decreases in the rates for Park (1.4%) and Thompson (2.1%) School Districts.

NOTE: To comply with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the methodology for calculating graduation rates changed again with the Class of 2010. The new 'on-time' formula assigns students to a graduating class when they enter ninth grade. Only those students graduating four years after entering ninth grade are included in this formula.

Caution should be used in comparing the graduation rate for the Classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012 with previous years since the 'on-time' formula significantly changes how the rates are calculated. Additionally, if the raw numbers are relatively low, which is often the case in Park School District, even slight deviations equate to higher percentage changes in graduation rates.

What this chart shows: Graduation Rates by Instructional Program Type - Larimer County School Districts, Class of 2012

 

Data Source: Colorado Department of Education

See data table

What the above data tell us:

For the Class of 2012, Park School District was the only one to have a 100% graduation rate for any of the instructional program types shown above (Gifted and Talented). Poudre School District had the highest graduation rates in all other instructional programs, whereas Thompson School District's highest graduation rate was in the Gifted and Talented program (94.5).

See Additional Information for Instructional Program Service Type definitions.

Additional Information:

A graduation rate is reported for each graduating class (i.e., the Class of 2012). Beginning with the Class of 2010, the 'on-time' graduation rate is calculated by the membership base. The membership base is derived from the number of students entering ninth grade four years earlier (i.e., during the 2005-2006 year), and adjusted for students who have transferred into or out of the district during the years covering grades 9 through 12 (CDE Graduation Data).

Instructional Program Service Type definitions:

Students with Disabilities: Students who have been formally identified as having physical or health conditions that may have a significant impact on the student's ability to learn and therefore warrant placing the student on an Individual Educational Program (IEP).

Limited English Proficient: This designation encompasses all students identified as either non-English proficient or limited English proficient. Non-English proficient is defined as a student who speaks a language other than English and does not comprehend, speak, read, or write English. Limited English proficient is defined as a student who comprehends, speaks, reads, or writes some English, but whose predominant comprehension or speech is in a language other than English. Districts must provide language services to all limited English proficient students.

Economically Disadvantaged: Student qualifies for either the free or reduced lunch program. The Federal National School Lunch Act establishes eligibility for the reduced price lunch program for families with income up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level (in 2011, this amount was $41,348 for a family of four). Families with income up to 130 percent of the federal poverty level qualify for the free lunch program (in 2011 this amount was $29,055 for a family of four).

Migrant: Students enrolled in a specially designed program for children who are, or whose parent or spouse is a migratory agricultural worker, and who, in the preceding 36 months, in order to obtain, or accompany such parent or spouse in order to obtain, temporary or seasonal employment in agricultural work has moved from one school district to another.

Homeless: According to the McKinney Act, a 'homeless individual': lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

Gifted and Talented: Students who have been formally identified, using district wide procedures aligned with CDE guidelines, as being endowed with a high degree of exceptionality or potential in mental ability, academics, creativity, or talents (visual, performing, musical arts, or leadership). 

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Data Tables:

Overall Graduation Rates - Colorado and Larimer County School Districts

Class of

Colorado

Graduate Base

Poudre

Graduate Base

Thompson

Graduate Base

Park

Graduate Base

2003

83.6 42,379 93.6

1,616

88.6 995 85.1 103

2004

82.3 54,273 86.0

1,818

89.6 1,215 93.6 94

2005

80.1 55,629 87.9

1,931

90.0 1,208 92.6 95

2006

74.1 59,972 81.9

2,163

88.1 1,188 91.3 92

2007

75.0 60,847 81.7

2,230

81.3 1,353 86.5 104

2008

73.9 62,611 81.2

2,187

77.9 1,332 87.0 100

2009

74.6 63,585 83.1

2,181

82.5 1,340 85.6 104

2010

72.4 62,313 82.4

2,074

80.0 1,328 88.4 95

2011

73.9 62,039 84.0

2,025

81.1 1,225 83.9 93

2012

75.4 60,885 86.0

2,061

77.3 1,184 85.6 90

See chart

Numbers of Graduates by Instructional Program Type - Class of 2012

Poudre School District

Thompson School District

Park School District

Grad Base

Number

Grad Base

Number

Grad Base

Number

Students With Disabilities

190 110 118 61 8 4

Limited English Proficient

121 88 23 10 6 3

Economically Disadvantaged

617 448 407 249 26 18

Migrant

4 3 2 1 1 0

Homeless

113 77 33 15 5 3

Gifted and Talented

274 268 128 121 21 21

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