High school graduation is a major milestone on the path to a successful adulthood. As stated by the United Way, high school graduation is the single most powerful predictor of whether a young person coming from generations of poverty will break the cycle.
High school graduation rates have increased from 2010 to 2011 in Pueblo and across the state. During this time period, Pueblo County School District 70's rate has exceeded the state's rate, while the rate for Pueblo City Schools is below state figures.
While Pueblo City Schools is still below state figures, graduation rates increased 9 percentage points since 2011. Pueblo County School District 70's graduation rate increased by 4.1 percentage points and Colorado increased by 3.4 percentage points.
Definition: The four-year graduation rate formula defines on time as only those students who graduate from high school four years after entering ninth grade. Under this four-year on-time formula, a student is assigned a graduating class when they enter ninth grade. The graduating class is assigned by adding four years to the year the student enters ninth grade.
Data Source: Colorado Department of Education
Data Considerations: This formula was first applied to the graduation class of 2010.