Data released today
by the Colorado Department of Education shows
the statewide on-time graduation rate for the
class of 2012 increased 1.5 percentage points to
75.4 percent as compared to last year. The
on-time graduation rate stood at 73.9 percent
for the class of 2011.
Individual district, school and
statewide data are available at
A total of 120 (65.6
percent) Colorado school districts achieved a
four-year on-time graduation rate at or above
the state’s expectation of at least 80 percent.
Closing the Gap
increases were seen across nearly all racial and
ethnic groups. The rate for minority students
increased at or faster than the rate for their
white peers. Among racial and ethnic groups, the
on-time graduation rate for the 2011-2012 school
year was 57.7 percent for American Indian; 82.9
percent for Asian students; 66.2 percent for
black students; 62.5 percent for Hispanic
students; 82.1 percent for white students; 70.1
percent for Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific
Islander; and 80.4 percent for students reported
as two or more races.
on-time graduation for females was 79.5 percent
and the male graduation rate was 71.4 percent.
graduates with those completers who receive a
certificate, a designation of high school
completion or a GED certificate determines the
completion rate. The 2011-2012 completion rate
was 78.2 percent, while the 2010-2011 completion
rate was 76.8 percent.
Giving Students More
Colorado has been
persistent in keeping non-graduates enrolled
beyond their fourth year of high school and
moving them to graduate in five or six years.
For example, looking at the Class of
2010, Colorado’s five-year graduation rate for
this class increased to 77.1 percent over the
four-year rate of 72.4 percent, an increase of
4.7 percentage points. The six-year graduation
rate is 78.5 percent, an increase of 6.1
percentage points over the four-year rate.
The state again saw a decrease in
the dropout rate. This is the state’s sixth
consecutive year for reducing its dropout rate.
This year’s rate was reduced by 0.1 percentage
points from last year. The 2011-2012 dropout
rate is 2.9 percent. Colorado’s public schools
generated 488 fewer dropouts in 2011-12 than in
the 2010-11 school year. Compared to the 2005-06
school year, when the dropout rate was 4.5
percent, the state generated 5,775 fewer
dropouts in 2011-12. For more information, visit
The dropout rate
reflects the percentage of all students enrolled
in grades seven through 12 who leave school
without transferring to another educational
environment during a single school year. It is
calculated by dividing the number of dropouts by
a membership base, which includes all seventh-
through 12th-grade students who were in
membership any time during the year.
Tools to Understand
This year the department created
a number of interactive tools and maps to better
explain how the graduation and dropout rates
look across the state. You can find them on the