(March 11, 2016) The Grad/Dropout Rate report has been updated with 2014-15 school year data.
Michigan’s statewide graduation rate increased to 79.79 percent for the 2014-15 school year, up 1.21 percent from the previous year. This marks the fourth consecutive year that 4-year graduation rates have improved, according to the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI).
Below is the statewide 4-year trend for on-time, 4-year graduation and dropout rates:
|4-Year Graduation Rate||76.24%||76.96%||78.58%||79.79%|
|4-Year Dropout Rate||10.71%||10.54%||9.61%||9.12%|
Dropout rates, in turn, continue trending downward. Michigan’s 2015 dropout rate was 9.12 percent, down .49 percent from last year.
The 10 school districts with the most students in the class of 2015 [1,200 to 3,300 students] all but two improved their graduation rates.
|20 Districts with the Largest 2015 Cohort Size|
|2015 Grad Rate||2014 Grad Rate||Difference||2015 Total in Cohort|
|Detroit City School District (82010)||77.35%||71.05%||6.30%||3,303|
|Utica Community Schools (50210)||92.44%||90.67%||1.77%||2,263|
|Plymouth-Canton Community Schools (82100)||89.59%||88.50%||1.09%||1,518|
|Dearborn City School District (82030)||89.88%||87.02%||2.86%||1,383|
|Ann Arbor Public Schools (81010)||88.61%||89.25%||-0.64%||1,370|
|Warren Consolidated Schools (50230)||82.38%||80.41%||1.97%||1,328|
|Livonia Public Schools School District (82095)||91.40%||90.54%||0.86%||1,325|
|Chippewa Valley Schools (50080)||91.76%||89.38%||2.38%||1,275|
|Rochester Community School District (63260)||96.19%||95.42%||0.77%||1,234|
|Walled Lake Consolidated Schools (63290)||90.29%||90.46%||-0.17%||1,215|
CEPI calculates graduation rates by following individual students from the time they first enroll as ninth-graders. This method, along with concerted efforts by CEPI, school administrators and intermediate school district auditors to account for every student, results in an accurate measure of a school’s success in preparing students for college and careers.
Four-year “on-time” graduation rates are a school accountability measure adopted by the state, and the methodology for calculating the rates is aligned with the National Governors Association Graduation Counts Compact. CEPI also reports graduation rates for students who remain in high school five and six years. The 5-year graduation rate edged up 1.58 percent to 81.99 percent, and the 6-year rate improved by .57 percent, to 81.25 percent.
On MI School Data, visitors can select a school or district or compare one to another. User-selected settings permit exploring 4-year, 5-year, and 6-year graduation rates by gender, race or ethnicity, or by demographic categories such as economically disadvantaged, English language learners, homeless, migrant, and students with disabilities. You can also download the statewide data file where MI School Data now includes county identifier information for visitors interested in a larger geographic area.