These efforts, along with others, have resulted in substantial progress, taking the AFGR from nearly all-time lows in the late 1990s to nearly all-time highs in the current release.
The AFGR for Hispanic students was up nearly 8 percentage points from two years earlier, and the estimated graduation rate for black students was up nearly 5 percentage points over the same period.
As states continued to construct their own graduation rates, in 2001 the Department of Education began using the AFGR as a benchmark measure of the high school graduation rate.
who counts as a "dropout." (113) AFGR is a particular method
(114) One calculates AFGR for a given area by dividing the
Department of Education considers AFGR to be the most
In the interim, states that do not yet have a system to accurately track transfers or four years of data available will be required to use the Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR
By drawing on two prominent methods for calculating graduation rates: the National Governors Association's endorsed longitudinal approach and the Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR
), this brief outlines how data are needed to track dropout trends and patterns, as well as how to direct resources and more effective strategies to ensure more students receive a high school diploma.
An additional 54,012 received another high school completion credential; (5) The averaged freshman graduation rate (AFGR
), an estimate of the percentage of high school students who graduate on time (i.e., within 4 years), was 74.7 in school year 2004-05.
The statistics generated are compared to a panel based graduation rate, the Average Freshmen Graduation Rate (AFGR
) produced by the National Center for Education Statistics and the Cumulative Promotion Index (CPI) published in Education Week.
This report presents the averaged freshman graduation rate (AFGR
) for public school students for two school years--2001-02 and 2002-03.