Editorial Projects in Education Research Center: High School Graduation Data - States and Metro Areas

Editorial Projects in Education Research Center: High School Graduation Data - States and Metro Areas

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The EPE Research Center publishes the most widely cited, independent statistics on high school graduation rates available today. Using raw data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Common Core of Data and the Cumulative Promotion Index (CPI) methodology (described below), the EPE Research Center calculates comparable graduation rates for every public school district in the nation. Those data can then be aggregated upward to generate graduation rates for larger geographical area, jurisdictions, or political units. A detailed description of how the CPI is calculated can be found in the press release for the 2011 edition of Diplomas Count.

In Diplomas Count and a variety of other special projects, the EPE Research Center has calculated graduation rates for the nation, states, individual school districts, geographical regions, metropolitan areas, cities, and congressional districts. The two data files posted here contain the results of analysis of high school graduation patterns for (1) metropolitan areas and (2) states. The analyses highlight the graduation rate and projected numbers of graduates and nongraduates.

As it is used here, the term “metropolitan area” refers to a Core Base Statistical Area (CBSA) as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and employed by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. CBSAs include both Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas. A Metropolitan Statistical Area has at least one urbanized area of 50,000 or more population, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by commuting ties. Micropolitan Statistical Areas are similar but smaller geographies, containing at least one urban cluster with a population between 10,000 and 50,000. Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas are defined in terms of whole counties (or equivalent entities) and may span state borders.

The Metro Area File provides information on aggregate (or all-student) graduation patterns and is organized at the CBSA level, with the following data fields:

1. Metropolitan area code (CBSA code used by U.S. Census Bureau)
2. Metropolitan area name (used by U.S. Census Bureau)
3. 9th grade student-enrollment base (aggregated/all student) for 2006-07
4. CPI graduation rate (aggregated/all student) for 2006-07
5. Number of 2009-10 graduates (aggregated/all student) projected based on 2006-07 CPI graduation rate and 9th grade enrollment base
6. Number of 2009-10 nongraduates (aggregated/all student) projected based on 2006-07 CPI graduation rate and 9th grade enrollment base

The State Data File provides information on aggregate (all-student) graduation patterns and is organized at the state level. (The file also includes a record contain national average statistics.) Specific data fields are as follows:

1. Federal Information Processing System (FIPS) state code
2. Postal abbreviation for state
3. Name of state (“United States” for national summary record)
4. 9th grade student-enrollment base (aggregated/all student) for 2006-07
5. CPI Graduation rate (aggregated/all student) for metropolitan area (2006-07)
6. Number of graduates (aggregated/all student) projected based on 2006-07 CPI graduation rate
7. Number of nongraduates (aggregated/all student) projected based on 2006-07 CPI graduation rate
8. 9th grade enrollment base (AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE) for 2006-07, used for projections
9. CPI Graduation rate (AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE) for metropolitan area (2006-07)
10. Number of graduates (AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE) projected based on 2006-07 CPI
11. Number of nongraduates (AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE) projected based on 2006-07 CPI
12. 9th grade enrollment base (Asian/Pacific Islander) for 2006-07, used for projections
13. CPI Graduation rate (Asian/Pacific Islander) for metropolitan area (2006-07)
14. Number of graduates (Asian/Pacific Islander) projected based on 2006-07 CPI
15. Number of nongraduates (Asian/Pacific Islander) projected based on 2006-07 CPI
16. 9th grade enrollment base (Hispanic) for 2006-07, used for projections
17. CPI Graduation rate (Hispanic) for metropolitan area (2006-07)
18. Number of graduates (Hispanic) projected based on 2006-07 CPI
19. Number of nongraduates (Hispanic) projected based on 2006-07 CPI
20. 9th grade enrollment base (Black) for 2006-07, used for projections
21. CPI Graduation rate (Black) for metropolitan area (2006-07)
22. Number of graduates (Black) projected based on 2006-07 CPI
23. Number of nongraduates (Black) projected based on 2006-07 CPI
24. 9th grade enrollment base (White, Non-Hispanic) for 2006-07, used for projections
25. CPI Graduation rate (White, Non-Hispanic) for metropolitan area (2006-07)
26. Number of graduates (White, Non-Hispanic) projected based on 2006-07 CPI
27. Number of nongraduates (White, Non-Hispanic) projected based on 2006-07 CPI

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