Report: MI HS grad rates continue to climb

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) – Graduation rates in Michigan continue to improve, according to the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI).

Four-year graduation rates for the 2013 graduating class increased to 76.96 percent, up 0.7 percent from the 2012 rate, according to a news release from CEPI, a division of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

Rates are calculated by following individual students from the time they first enroll as ninth-graders. This method, which CEPI began using in the 2006-07 school year, provides a more accurate measure of a school’s success in preparing students for college and careers.

Dropout rates show a corresponding downward trend. The 2013 statewide dropout rate was 10.54 percent, down .17 percent from the previous year. Five years ago, the dropout rate was 14.19 percent and indicates that fewer students — roughly 10 percent — are leaving high school within their first four years.

Visitors can view graduation and dropout rates by school, district, intermediate school district, or statewide by selecting “Student Counts” under the K-12 section. User-selected settings permit exploring 4-year, 5-year, and 6-year graduation rates by gender, race or ethnicity, or by various demographics.

CEPI’s report can be found on the state education data portal.

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