News reporters spent hours Monday sifting through a few hundred pages of dense graduation rate data released by the State Education Department in order to boil everything down into an abbreviated chart showing the three-year graduation rates for every public and charter high school in Erie and Niagara counties. That chart accompanies my story in print and online today.
But for those of you who crave even more information, more is available. The state releases not only summary graduation rates by district and by high school, but also breaks down those numbers by poverty levels, race, gender and other student population factors. In addition, the state also breaks down the information to show how many students graduate in four years, five years and six years.
So, if you want view overall district graduation rates (as opposed to individual schools) for 2012, to compare and contrast graduation rates district to district, you can find that information as a pdf file by clicking on this link.
If you want more information about 2012 graduation rates for your particular high school, you can find that by clicking here. Be aware that this information is organized by county, then alphabetically by high school name, not by district.
If you want to view older data for 2011, 2010 or earlier, the State Education Department also makes that available here.
Finally, this is the press release issued by the state on Monday. We'll keep looking at the data and see if there are other stories worth writing. Suggestions welcome.