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The NYC Department of Education has calculated a cohort graduation rate for over twenty years. This calculation method defines inclusion in the cohort and graduation outcomes differently than the New York State calculation method. The NYC DOE continues to calculate and report graduation rates using the traditional method for those interested in examining longer-term trends.
The New York City traditional graduation rate calculation method was first adopted for the Class of 1986. The cohort consists of all students who first entered ninth grade in a given school year (e.g., the Class of 2009 entered ninth grade in the 2005-2006 school year), excluding certain disabled students (students in self-contained classrooms and District 75 students). Graduates are defined as those students earning either a Local or Regents diploma, a special education (IEP) diploma, or GED. August graduates are included.
Four-Year Longitudinal Graduation and Dropout Reports have been published since 2001 (reporting on the Class of 2000). These reports describe the 4-year outcomes of each graduating class.
Final Longitudinal (Three-Year Follow Up) Reports have also been published since 2001 (reporting on the Class of 1997). These reports describe the outcomes seven years from 9th grade entry for each graduating class.
Since 2008, the NYC DOE generates all tables and figures included in the Four-Year and Final Longitudinal Reports but does not create the full narrative reports.