Graduation rates for the 2014 “cohort” have been released by the Alabama State Department of Education. These numbers show the percentage of students who entered the ninth grade in the 2010-2011 school year and who graduated four years later at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice and Governor Robert Bentley celebrated the graduation rate for all students — 86% —- as being ahead of the targeted number in the ALSDE’s strategic plan known as Plan 2020.
But for you data-lovers who don’t have time to mess with spreadsheets, first the maps showing graduation rates by subgroup.
Scroll past the maps to find the tables that allow you to view and sort graduation rates by school, system, and subgroup. Two subgroups earned their own tables: students eligible for special education services and Black or African-American students. These numbers deserve further examination, so here’s a first data dive.
[If I had the tools to show trends and growth in a simple way, I would do it. If anyone knows of open-source data visualization tools that allow overlays and/or movement, please let me know.]
NOTE: Any district that is not shaded with a color had fewer than ten students in that subgroup. Also, the ALSDE did not enumerate any graduation rates higher than 95 percent.
The darker the red, the lower the rate. The darker the green, the higher the rate. Click on the district to view the actual graduation rate.