High School Graduation Rate (EdFacts)

Within the report area 85.1% of students are receiving their high school diploma within four years. This indicator is relevant because research suggests education is one the strongest predictors of health (Freudenberg & Ruglis, 2007).
Report Area Total Student Cohort Estimated Number of Diplomas Issued Cohort Graduation Rate
Franklin County, PA 1,523 1,296 85.1
Pennsylvania 126,068 110,384 87.6
United States 3,127,886 2,635,290 84.3
Note: This Indicator is compared with the state average. Green - Better than state average, Red - Worse than state average.
Data Source: US Department of Education, EDFacts. Accessed via DATA.GOV. Additional data analysis by CARES . 2013-14. Source geography: School District
Website Updated August 2016

High School Graduation Rate (EdFacts)

Data Background

EDFacts is a U. S. Department of Education (ED) initiative to collect, analyze, report on, and promote the use of high-quality, kindergarten through grade 12 (K–12) performance data for use in education planning, policymaking, and management and budget decision-making to improve outcomes for students. EDFacts centralizes data provided by state education agencies, local education agencies, and schools, and provides users with the ability to easily analyze and report on submitted data. ED collects performance data at the school and school-district levels and provides public use files containing data that have been modified to protect against the ability to determine personally identifiable information on students..


Graduation rates are acquired for all US school-districts in the United States from US Department of Education (ED) EdFacts data tables. States are required to report graduation data to the US Department of Education under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Specifically, states are required to report rates based on a cohort method, which would provide a more uniform and accurate measure of the high school graduation rate that improved comparability across states. The cohort graduation rate is defined as “the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class.” From the beginning of 9th grade (or the earliest high school grade), students who are entering that grade for the first time form a cohort that is “adjusted” by adding any students who subsequently transfer into the cohort and subtracting any students who subsequently transfer out, emigrate to another country, or die.

County-level summaries are calculated by CARES using small-area estimation technique based on the proportion of the population aged 15-19 in each school district/county. The population figures for this calculation are based on data from the 2010 US Decennial Census at the census block geographic level.

For more information please consult the original data the original data or download the complete EdFacts Data Documentation.


Race and Ethnicity
Statistics by race and ethnicity are not provided for this indicator.

Data Limitations
1. Graduation rates for some school districts are provided by EdFacts as ranges; range mid-points were calculated by CARES to facilitate data manipulation.
2. Data is not currently available for three states - Idaho, Kentucky, and Oklahoma - due to incomplete student cohort data for the four years prior to 2011.

Courtesy: Community Commons, <www.communitycommons.org>, August 2016