Definition: Percentage of public high school students who do not complete high school, based on the four-year adjusted cohort dropout rate (e.g., among California students who started high school in 2011, 10.7% exited before graduating with their class in 2015).
Data Source: California Dept. of Education, California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) (May 2016).
Footnote: Years presented are the final year of a school year (e.g., 2014-15 is shown as 2015). The adjusted cohort dropout rate measures students who exit grades 9-12 without a high school diploma, GED, or special education certificate of completion and do not remain enrolled after the end of the fourth year. For percentages, LNE (Low Number Event) refers to data that have been suppressed because there were fewer than 20 students who exited before graduating; for numbers, LNE refers to data that have been suppressed because there were 10 or fewer students who exited before graduating. N/A means that data are not available; in some cases, this is because a school district or county had an unusually high rate (75% or higher), suggesting a potential problem with the data. Percentages for schools districts with a large proportion of short-term students may be overstated because official enrollment figures may be too low.