Education
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate

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Source: New York State Education Department

What does this measure?

The number of students graduating after four years of high school (measured through August of the graduation year), as a percentage of their cohort. The cohort is the class of ninth-graders beginning high school in the same academic year.

Why is this important?

High school graduation is the culmination of a successful K-12 education and the gateway to college or employment. Students who do not graduate face the prospect of unemployment or low-paying jobs.

How is our region performing?

By August 2021, 89% of the 2017 cohort in our region graduated, compared to 86% statewide and 89% for NYS excluding New York City. The graduation rate was highest in Ontario (93%) followed by Genesee and Wyoming (both at 92%), and Livingston and Orleans (91%). At 71%, the Rochester School District had the lowest graduation rate in the region but it increased 3 percentage points from the previous year and was significantly up from 48% in 2013. Rochester charter school students had an 83% graduation rate in 2021.

The regional rate has increased 11 percentage points since 2009. The rate for Monroe went up 13 points over the period and the largest increase was Yates at 12 points among the counties in the region.

Notes about the data

Prior years are not comparable, thus are not reported. Students are included in the total cohort based on the year they entered Grade 9 or, if ungraded, the school year in which they reached their 17th birthday. Students are included in the cohort of the school where they were last enrolled if they were enrolled for a minimum of five months. Students were counted as graduates if they earned a local or a Regents diploma. Figures for Rochester charter schools reflect different numbers of schools across the years, ranging from one in 2012 to five in later years. These figures include students who graduate in August after making up courses during the summer. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the second quarter.

High School Cohort Graduation Rate
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021
NYS74%76%77%77%78%79%80%81%82%83%83%85%86%
NYS (excluding NYC)80%82%83%84%84%85%86%86%86%86%87%88%89%
Region78%81%81%82%82%84%84%84%85%85%86%88%89%
Monroe75%79%78%79%80%82%82%83%83%84%85%87%88%
Surrounding Counties81%83%85%86%87%87%88%87%89%88%89%90%90%
Genesee82%84%83%85%87%88%90%88%91%91%92%91%92%
Livingston84%83%87%88%87%88%87%89%89%88%89%93%91%
Ontario84%86%87%87%89%88%90%89%90%90%89%90%93%
Orleans83%85%84%85%85%84%89%88%89%87%88%89%91%
Seneca76%77%79%80%78%83%83%84%83%82%83%88%85%
Wayne80%82%83%86%86%87%87%82%87%87%88%88%87%
Wyoming84%80%84%85%88%89%88%92%94%92%90%92%92%
Yates70%82%83%80%85%85%82%83%79%77%84%81%82%
Monroe County School Districts
Rochester School District46%51%49%49%48%51%51%53%57%59%63%68%71%
Rochester Charter Schools0%91%84%97%91%94%92%87%85%89%83%
Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District91%96%97%95%98%97%97%97%97%95%96%94%96%
Pittsford Central School District97%97%97%97%98%96%97%96%96%97%97%98%100%
Spencerport Central School District84%87%90%89%89%89%94%93%89%93%93%91%92%
East Irondequoit Central School District85%88%89%88%90%93%91%88%90%86%86%90%89%
Brighton Central School District91%92%94%94%89%95%96%98%96%94%96%95%97%
Fairport Central School District94%94%94%93%93%94%95%93%96%92%94%94%93%
Hilton Central School District89%89%89%94%95%94%94%97%94%92%92%94%92%
Penfield Central School District91%94%94%95%95%96%96%98%97%96%93%97%96%
Rush-Henrietta Central School District85%90%85%86%88%86%90%90%90%90%93%92%91%
Churchville-Chili Central School District90%90%93%93%92%92%93%96%90%94%91%91%94%
Wheatland-Chili Central School District85%88%91%93%97%91%96%81%90%89%92%88%86%
East Rochester Union Free School District,71%79%81%86%88%86%82%84%80%80%84%80%92%
Brockport Central School District86%86%84%88%89%88%92%90%89%86%85%91%89%
Gates-Chili Central School District83%85%85%85%85%88%86%86%80%81%85%86%88%
Greece Central School District79%85%84%85%86%88%90%89%91%91%89%93%91%
West Irondequoit Central School District85%92%92%92%93%95%97%93%93%98%96%93%95%
Webster Central School District89%92%94%94%93%95%95%94%95%96%95%95%96%
Regional City School Districts
Batavia School District78%79%74%84%79%82%85%89%91%89%92%94%92%
Canandaigua School District87%88%87%89%89%87%90%90%92%93%90%92%94%
Geneva School District67%69%71%75%82%80%81%84%81%82%81%88%92%

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Years denote 12th grade year for cohort.




Number of High School Graduates
2009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021
NYS167,190170,989171,475169,851169,873167,688167,352169,403170,173173,917173,276176,846179,195
NYS (excluding NYC)118,691119,983119,406118,278117,903116,007114,943115,541115,849117,003116,241118,142118,506
Region12,88713,10013,12712,38512,16611,70211,75711,68311,55311,60811,51911,73011,612
Monroe7,7027,8687,8747,4267,2767,0557,1127,1947,0127,1927,1487,3947,317
Surrounding Counties5,1855,2325,2534,9594,8904,6474,6454,4894,5414,4164,3714,3364,295
Genesee690728666665667594623588613587560588541
Livingston651633688630625612593553583569534591523
Ontario1,2561,2881,3301,1941,2831,1691,2221,1831,1361,1661,1881,1501,197
Orleans516548525511473442425454418437391410410
Seneca336314331305276299284262290300249275274
Wayne1,1861,1711,1451,1381,0821,0481,0129821,015939997903914
Wyoming376345351331322313299286318284304304298
Yates174205217185162170187181168134148115138
Monroe County School Districts
Rochester School District1,3321,3491,4081,2451,1551,0471,1381,1131,2431,2111,3151,3531,288
Rochester Charter Schools020313686108123175227304299
Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District194234237206209180185222184190191159196
Pittsford Central School District462514494484521484491494470490455485515
Spencerport Central School District301363340292289300313289279290262274268
East Irondequoit Central School District252261236232245235240225240222216228239
Brighton Central School District327256291261283265282280281257273297276
Fairport Central School District601568549548507532521514487480471467425
Hilton Central School District352371336349310349348350323321361360303
Penfield Central School District359391375380377351348354342354357364323
Rush-Henrietta Central School District425454441407405389375397369399381396425
Churchville-Chili Central School District338342351333292297293286278326303297276
Wheatland-Chili Central School District50565954596155514448445238
East Rochester Union Free School District,82838377877465755767637172
Brockport Central School District334314305297294280282281247253226245265
Gates-Chili Central School District397351381379356321300316293282297291327
Greece Central School District863944933849871861819846811876777794850
West Irondequoit Central School District291311350296306280303296272277302286282
Webster Central School District742706705717679713668656642668627671650
Regional City School Districts
Batavia School District162169157162150142158157160161147160150
Canandaigua School District330321285296287281281272277254274290264
Geneva School District139120157139170139147159122143157153129

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Years denote 12th grade year for cohort.











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INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
Prenatal Care 78% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Prenatal Care, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights 8.4% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Infant Mortality Rate 6.9 2017-19 2 0
Maintaining
Infant Mortality Rate, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0.8% 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Children in Poverty 19% 2016-20 3 1
Increasing
Children in Poverty, Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Single-Parent Families 39% 2016-20 2 1
Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect 20 2020 2 1
Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions 1.8 2020 2 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Pregnancy 1.3% 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Births 12 2019 2 -1
Decreasing
Arts and Culture Attendance 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tourism Spending $894 2020 1 -1
Decreasing
Recreation Spending $52 2020 1 -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 83% 2020 2 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 64% 2020 3 1
Increasing
Registered Library Borrowers 58% 2019 2 -1
Decreasing
Library Visits 5.4 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income 0.8% 2019 2 -1
Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles 10% 2016-20 3 0
Maintaining
Total Population 1.9% 2020 2 1
Increasing
Population by Age 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 6% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income $61,376 2016-20 1 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty 13% 2016-20 3 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty, by Sex 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Public Assistance Recipients 1.7% 2020 3 -1
Decreasing
Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications 24% 2020 0 -1
Decreasing
Females Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Seniors Living in Poverty, by Sex 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Households Receiving SNAP 13% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Female Seniors Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tax Filers Receiving Earned Income Tax Credit 15% 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
EITC Dollars $173 2019 1 -1
Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs -8% 2020 3 -1
Decreasing
Change in Number of Business Establishments by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Jobs by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Sector Shares of Regional Total Employment 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate 8.1% 2020 3 1
Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 12% 2020 3 1
Increasing
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 by Sector 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Employment-to-Population Ratio 60% 2016-20 2 -1
Decreasing
Prekindergarten Participation 58% 2020 3 1
Increasing
School Spending Per Student $23,561 2020 1 1
Increasing
Instructional Spending Per Student $16,983 2020 1 1
Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services 2021 0 -1
Decreasing
Grade 3 English 44% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 Math by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English 39% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 8 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Regents Algebra 1 73% 2019 3 1
Increasing
Regents English 83% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 89% 2021 3 1
Increasing
Cohort Graduation Rate, Beyond Four Years 89% 2021 3 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2021 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Without Health Insurance 4% 2019 3 -1
Decreasing
Supply of Doctors 35.3 2019 1 1
Increasing
Mortality Rate 693 2019 1 -1
Decreasing
Chlamydia Rate 55 2018 3 1
Increasing
Chlamydia Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rate 18 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Maternal Health, by Race/Ethnicity 2016-18 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Early Syphilis Rates 1.8 2018 3 1
Increasing
Early Syphilis Rates within Monroe County, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with HIV 104 2019 0 1
Increasing
People Living with HIV by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with AIDS 132 2019 0 1
Increasing
People Living with AIDS by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Percent of Days with Good Air Quality 0 10 Not Applicable*
Alcohol-related Crashes 2.5 2020 2 -1
Decreasing
Median Home Value $143,640 2016-20 1 1
Increasing
Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Median Rental Prices $896 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners 2.3 2016-20 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden 28% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters 32% 2016-20 3 10 Not Applicable*
Rent Burdened Households 47% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Homeownership Rate 68% 2016-20 3 -1
Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2016-20 0 10 Not Applicable*
Vacant Housing Units 9% 2016-20 3 1
Increasing
Homeless Persons 0 10 Not Applicable*
Serious Crimes 170 2020 3 -1
Decreasing
Violent Crimes 24 2020 3 1
Increasing
Victims of Domestic Violence 57 2020 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates 8.7 2020 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Arrest Rates 130.1 2020 2 -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2020 0 10 Not Applicable*
Per-Capita Spending for Local Government $3,731 2019 0 1
Increasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio 0.68 2016-20 3 0
Maintaining
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


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