Thursday, June 27, 2013

2012 School Completion Data for Herkimer and Oneida Counties

According to the Utica Observer Distach, the New York State Education Department recently released its analysis of the 2011-12 graduation rates allowing district officials the chance to judge where they stand and assess changes that need to be made. This comes at a when rigorous graduation requirements were being phased in, school districts statewide held the line with 74 percent of students who started high school in 2008 graduating by June 2012 — the same as in the 2010-11 school year.

What is interesting to note are the drop-out rates. While these largely reflect exactly what you would think – namely students who have quit school without getting their diplomas – the term isn’t without definitional warts. It includes students that have bureaucratically fallen through the cracks.

Students who end up sometimes being referred to as “non-completers” include those that have legally stopped attending school. But it can also include students who haven’t been tracked properly when they have transferred to other districts. So if Billy transfers from School A to School B, and School A doesn’t change his status to note that he has transferred to another district, he will ultimately be lumped into the “drop out rate” of School A. While these types of snafus are hopefully minimal, they undoubtedly do occur, especially if Billy’s family has moved out of state.

Regardless of these quirks, the data for Herkimer County and Oneida County school districts can be found by clicking the links below.

Herkimer County High School Completion Data

Oneida County High School Completion Data