High School Graduation Rate (NCES)

Within the report area 81.7% of students are receiving their high school diploma within four years. This is less than the Healthy People 2020 target of 82.4%. This indicator is relevant because research suggests education is one the strongest predictors of health (Freudenberg & Ruglis, 2007).
Report Area Average Freshman Base Enrollment Estimated Number of Diplomas Issued On-Time Graduation Rate
Franklin County, PA 1,661 1,357 81.7%
Pennsylvania 162,243 130,658 80.5%
United States 4,024,345 3,039,015 75.5%
HP 2020 Target ≥82.4%
Note: This Indicator is compared with the state average. Green - Better than state average, Red - Worse than state average.
Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics, NCES - Common Core of Data. 2008-2009. Source geography: County
Website Updated December 11 2017 Site Reviewed January 05 2018

High School Graduation Rate (NCES)

Data Background

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data related to education in the United States and other nations. It fulfils a congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report full and complete statistics on the condition of education in the United States; conduct and publish reports and specialized analyses of the meaning and significance of such statistics; assist state and local education agencies in improving their statistical systems; and review and report on education activities in foreign countries.
Citation: Documentation to the NCES Common Core of Data Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey (2013).
The National Center for Education Statistics releases a dataset containing detailed information about every public school in the United States in their annual Common Core of Data (CCD) files. The information from which this data is compiled is supplied by state education agency officials. The CCD reports information about both schools and school districts, including name, address, and phone number; descriptive information about students and staff demographics; and fiscal data, including revenues and current expenditures.
For more information, please visit the Common Core of Data web page.


Graduation rates are acquired for all US counties from the 2012 County Health Rankings (CHR). The 2011 County Health Rankings (CHR) used graduation rates calculated from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) using an estimated cohort. This measure is generally known as the Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR). Starting in 2012, CHR reports cohort graduation rates collected from State Department of Education websites. These rates are an improvement over the AFGR rates previously reported due to student-level outcomes tracking that accounts better for transfers, early and late completers. For 12 states, CHR continues to use NCES-based AFGRs. These states are: AL, AK, AR, CT, HI, ID, MT, NJ, ND, OK, SD and TN.

Total freshmen cohorts were compiled for all counties from school-level data, provided by NCES for academic years 2005-06 through 2007-08. Using the graduation rates from the 2012 CHR and these class sizes, the number of graduates* was estimated for each county. On-time graduation rate, or average freshman graduation rate, is re-calculated for unique service areas and aggregated county groupings using the following formula:

Graduation Rate = [Estimated Number of Graduates] / [Average Base Freshman Enrollment] * 100.

*Average freshman graduation rate is a measure of on-time graduation only. It does not include 5th year high school completers, or high-school equivalency completers such as GED recipients. For more information on average freshman graduation rates, please review the information on page 4 of the NCES Common Core of Data Public-Use Local Education Agency Dropout and Completion Data File .


Race and Ethnicity
Statistics by race and ethnicity are not provided for this indicator from the data source. Detailed race/ethnicity data may be available at a broader geographic level, or from a local source.

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