Definition: Percentage of public school students who do not complete high school with their graduating class, by race/ethnicity (e.g., in 2018, 10.8% of Hispanic/Latino students from the graduating class in California did not complete high school). Use caution when comparing data for 2017 and later years—annotated with an asterisk (*)—against 2016 and earlier.
Data Source: California Dept. of Education, Cohort Outcome Data (Jun. 2017) & Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate and Outcome Data (May 2019).
Footnote: Years presented are the final year of a school year (e.g., 2017-18 is shown as 2018). Students who do not complete high school are those who do not receive a regular high school diploma or other credential, do not transfer to an adult education program or community college before the end of the fourth year, and do not remain enrolled after the end of the fourth year. The graduating class, or four-year adjusted cohort, is composed of students entering Grade 9 for the first time, adjusted for students who subsequently transfer in, transfer out, or pass away during Grade 9 or the following three years. Prior to 2017, students transferring to adult education programs or community colleges were excluded from the graduating class. Due to changes in methodology, the Dept. of Education recommends that 2017 and later years—annotated here with an asterisk (*)—should not be compared with 2016 and earlier. The notation S refers to percentages that have been suppressed because there were fewer than 20 students not completing high school in that group, and to data that have been suppressed by the Dept. of Education. N/A means that data are not available.