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High School Graduation


In today’s economy, people with a high school diploma have better employment prospects. Increasingly, a person who lacks a high school diploma is more likely to live in poverty, suffer from poor health, and engage in crime.1

The measure used for High School Graduation is the four-year graduation rate, which is considered to be on-time graduation for high school students.

The data dashboard below shows current and recent trend data for rates of high school graduation in Forsyth County.

Dashboard: High School Graduation Rate

Understanding Students Graduating High School On-Time Spatially

The map below visualizes the percentage of students graduating high school on-time by high school districts across Forsyth County.

Key Point: Disparities Present in High School Graduation Rates for Students by Race / Ethnicity

  • White students have higher graduation rates than African Americans, who in return have higher rates than Hispanic/Latinos
    • Hispanic / Latino students were 14 percent less likely to graduate on time than White students in the 2017-18 school year.
    • African American students were 5 percent less likely to graduate on time than White students in the 2017-18 school year.

Key Point: Disparities Present Considering Economic Status and Graduation Rates

  • There is a persistent and significant disparity between the students that are economically disadvantaged and those that are not economically disadvantaged.
  • Economically disadvantaged students experienced a 4% drop in graduation rates this past school year.
Notes on Data

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Literature References
Data Sources

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Accountability Services Division, Analysis and Reporting, 2012-17 State, District, and School Level Drilldown Performance Data Report. Retrieved from: