ESSA High School Graduation Rate Guidance
Student graduation from high school with a regular high school diploma is an important indicator of school success and one of the most significant indicators of student college and career readiness. The High School Graduation Rate guidance provides States, LEAs, and schools with information about how to implement the graduation rate requirements in the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA and implementing regulations in 34 C.F.R. §§ 200.34. Under the ESEA, each State and LEA must calculate and report on its annual report card a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate, disaggregated by subgroups. A uniform and accurate measure of the four-year high school graduation rate that is comparable across States and consistently reported over time is critical to understanding the successes and challenges for schools in ensuring that all students graduate from high school.