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Table A12.  Number of public high school completers, the grades 9–12 dropout rate, and the public school averaged freshman graduation rate in the 100 largest school districts in the United States and jurisdictions, by school district: School year 2007–08
 
Name of reporting district State   Completers1   Grades 9–12 dropout rate3   Averaged freshman graduation rate4
Total2 Diploma Other completers
       
Reporting districts5    617,538   597,783   19,755   5.1   65.0
                       
New York City Public Schools  NY   55,290   52,662   2,628   5.3   56.9
Los Angeles Unified  CA   30,580   30,580     6.8   48.8
Puerto Rico Department of Education  PR   30,016   30,016       64.5
City of Chicago School District 299  IL   20,285   20,285     16.3   63.8
Dade  FL   20,791   18,784   2,007   6.0   58.5
                       
Clark County School District  NV   13,031   11,325   1,706   6.2   49.1
Broward  FL   15,742   14,898   844   2.8   67.2
Houston Independent School District  TX   7,976   7,976     6.8   56.6
Hillsborough  FL   10,503   10,091   412   2.5   69.3
Hawaii Department of Education  HI   11,833   11,613   220   5.4   76.0
                       
Orange  FL   10,672   9,863   809   1.9   69.1
Palm Beach  FL   10,879   10,092   787   5.0   64.8
Fairfax County Public Schools  VA   12,150   11,536   614   2.2   86.0
Philadelphia City School District  PA   8,732   8,732     8.5   55.5
Dallas Independent School District  TX   6,371   6,371     8.9   53.3
                       
Gwinnett County  GA   8,472   7,939   533   3.3   72.3
Montgomery County Public Schools  MD   10,316   10,175   141   3.1   86.6
Wake County Schools  NC   7,717   7,657   60   4.4   82.7
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools  NC   6,611   6,464   147   5.4   66.2
San Diego Unified  CA   6,778   6,778     2.4   63.0
                       
Prince George's County Public Schools  MD   8,644   8,617   27   2.7   71.7
Duval  FL   6,502   5,999   503   4.7   59.2
Memphis City School District  TN   6,547   6,038   509   11.5   61.5
Cobb County  GA   7,090   6,730   360   2.0   76.9
Pinellas  FL   6,790   6,458   332   2.6   62.4
                       
Baltimore County Public Schools  MD   7,571   7,526   45   4.9   82.6
Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District  TX   5,294   5,294     1.1   86.5
Dekalb County  GA   5,424   4,761   663   3.9   57.4
Jefferson County  KY   5,396   5,325   71   6.2   69.2
Detroit City School District  MI     6,014     11.7   45.2
                       
Albuquerque Public Schools  NM   5,239   5,076   163   7.0   65.7
Polk  FL   5,068   4,727   341   4.9   68.5
Northside Independent School District  TX   4,704   4,704     2.6   79.7
Fulton County  GA   5,087   4,864   223   2.8   79.3
Long Beach Unified  CA   5,054   5,054     4.1   65.5
                       
Jefferson County School District No R 1  CO   5,968   5,714   254   5.1   79.9
Milwaukee School District  WI     4,810     8.3   62.1
Austin Independent School District  TX   3,903   3,903     5.5   67.4
Baltimore City Public Schools  MD   4,116   4,019   97   9.2   56.8
Jordan District  UT     4,626     3.0   78.4
                       
Lee  FL   4,491   4,174   317   2.3   71.0
Fort Worth Independent School District  TX   3,529   3,529     7.3   61.0
Fresno Unified  CA   3,870   3,870     6.4   58.1
Davidson County School District  TN   4,018   3,846   172   7.5   66.7
Denver County 1  CO   3,190   2,878   312   13.8   50.4
                       
Prince Wm County Public Schools  VA   4,560   4,275   285   2.1   78.8
Anne Arundel County Public Schools  MD   5,297   5,244   53   3.5   81.3
Brevard  FL   5,018   4,923   95   0.8   75.8
Guilford County Schools  NC   4,776   4,623   153   3.0   79.0
Va Beach City Public Schools  VA   5,341   4,787   554   1.7   72.7
                       
Greenville 01  SC         4.2  
Mesa Unified District  AZ   4,284   4,284     5.4   73.4
Granite District  UT     3,244     5.8   61.6
Fort Bend Independent School District  TX   4,439   4,439     2.4   82.2
Pasco  FL   3,506   3,421   85   2.5   65.9
                       
Davis District  UT     3,695     2.8   83.1
Washoe County School District  NV   3,191   2,804   387   2.8   50.4
Seminole  FL   4,266   4,130   136   0.6   72.9
North East Independent School District  TX   3,927   3,927     1.6   82.2
Arlington Independent School District  TX   3,214   3,214     4.0   65.9
                       
Volusia  FL   3,856   3,640   216   1.2   65.2
Mobile County  AL   3,360   3,202   158   2.8   63.1
El Paso Independent School District  TX   3,481   3,481     4.8   66.5
Alpine District  UT     2,936     3.2   74.6
Elk Grove Unified  CA   3,745   3,745     2.7   81.8
                       
Aldine Independent School District  TX   2,483   2,483     6.8   56.9
Chesterfield County Public Schools  VA   4,294   4,092   202   3.4   86.8
Douglas County School District No Re 1  CO   2,903   2,865   38   1.0   89.5
Garland Independent School District  TX   3,344   3,344     3.5   76.1
Santa Ana Unified  CA   2,404   2,404     1.8   52.4
                       
Tucson Unified District  AZ   3,230   3,230     2.5   68.8
Loudoun County Public Schools  VA   3,341   3,193   148   1.1   95.9
Katy Independent School District  TX   3,555   3,555     1.0   93.8
Boston  MA   3,506   3,506   0   7.6   69.1
Knox County School District  TN   3,464   3,275   189   4.5   77.3
                       
San Francisco Unified  CA   3,905   3,905     4.6   77.7
San Bernardino City Unified  CA   2,421   2,421     6.1   49.0
San Antonio Independent School District  TX   2,153   2,153     10.9   51.5
Cumberland County Schools  NC   3,363   3,281   82   3.8   74.0
Plano Independent School District  TX   3,315   3,315     0.6   83.9
                       
Columbus City  OH   2,569   2,569     5.8   50.5
Forsyth County Schools  NC   2,998   2,945   53   5.9   75.0
Capistrano Unified  CA   3,548   3,548     0.9   86.2
Corona Norco Unified  CA   3,250   3,250     1.5   85.9
Osceola  FL   3,309   2,912   397   3.5   70.5
                       
Pasadena Independent School District  TX   2,216   2,216     6.9   60.1
Cherry Creek 5  CO   3,426   3,385   41   6.2   87.1
Lewisville Independent School District  TX   3,004   3,004     1.4   80.6
Cleveland Municipal  OH   2,082   2,082     13.4   38.6
Howard County Public Schools  MD   3,767   3,734   33   1.4   91.7
                       
Clayton County  GA   2,528   2,161   367   2.0   49.0
Atlanta Public Schools  GA   2,114   1,909   205   7.8   50.5
Henrico County Public Schools  VA   3,514   3,061   453   3.5   78.4
Anchorage School District  AK   3,040   2,963   77   5.5   72.5
Brownsville Independent School District  TX   2,216   2,216     4.6   62.2
                       
Garden Grove Unified  CA   2,010   2,010     1.6   51.1
Sacramento City Unified  CA   2,348   2,348     3.7   57.9
Omaha Public Schools  NE   2,336   2,336   0   6.4   59.6
Conroe Independent School District  TX   2,835   2,835     0.7   84.1
Shelby County School District  TN   2,921   2,870   51   0.2   75.7
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
1 Includes high school diploma recipients as well as other high school completers (e.g., certificates of attendance), but not high school equivalencies (e.g., GEDs). Total completers may be different than reported in the CCD state-level file.
2 The grand total number of completers for the entire set of 100 largest school districts includes districts that reported diploma data but did not report other completer data. Individual districts, on the other hand, reporting diploma but not other completer data were marked as missing. Therefore, the number of total completers for the entire 100 largest school districts is greater than the sum of the district-level total completer counts.
3 The grades 9–12 dropout rate estimates the percentage of public high school students who left high school between the beginning of one school year and the beginning of the next without earning a high school diploma or its equivalent (e.g., a General Education Development (GED)) and do not meet any of the following exclusionary conditions: transfer to another public school district, private school, or state- or district-approved education program; temporary absence due to suspension or school-approved illness; or death. The grades 9–12 dropout rate is calculated by dividing the number of grades 9–12 dropouts by the grades 9–12 enrollment. Ungraded enrollment within each agency is redistributed across other grades in proportion to the graded enrollment. See appendix B for more information.
4 Averaged freshman graduation rate (AFGR) is an estimate of the percentage of an entering freshman class graduating in four years. For 2007–08, it equals the total number of high school diploma recipients in 2007–08 divided by the average membership of the 8th-grade class in 2003–04, the 9th-grade class in 2004–05, and the 10th-grade class in 2005–06. Ungraded students were allocated to individual grades proportional to each state's enrollment in those grades. See appendix B for more information.
5 Totals do not include districts where data were not available.
NOTE: Data include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, four outlying areas (American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), the Bureau of Indian Education, and the Department of Defense dependents schools (overseas and domestic).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Local Education Agency Universe Survey," 2008–09, Version 1a, and "Local Education Universe Survey Dropout and Completion Public-Use Data File," 2007–08, Version 1a.


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