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Document Number: 6930

The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Public High Schools from the Common Core of Data: School Years 2002-03 and 2003-04 - This report provides an estimate of the percentage of high school students who graduate on time by dividing the number of graduates with regular diplomas by the size of the incoming freshman class four years earlier, expressed as a percent. The data for this report were those reported by state education agencies. The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for 2002-03 was 73.9%, and was 75% in 2003-04 for the 48 states that provided data. According to the report, 2002-03 averaged freshman graduation rates ranged from 59.6% in the District of Columbia to 87% in New Jersey, and in 32 states and D.C., the rate improved from 2002-03 to 2003-04. The authors note the limitations to this data due to data quality, differences in state definitions of a high school diploma and a high school graduate, and indicate the several factors that cause the averaged freshman graduation rate to fall short of a true on-time graduation rate. (Marilyn Seastrom, Lee Hoffman, Chris Chapman and Robert Stillwell, National Center for Education Statistics, June 2006)...

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