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Graduation Rate Indicator

This indicator, reported on the California School Dashboard, applies to districts and schools with students in grades 9–12.

What is this Indicator?

The Graduation Rate Indicator is one of several state indicators that the California Department of Education (CDE) reports on the California School DashboardExternal link opens in new window or tab. (Dashboard). It represents the percentage of students who graduate high school within a specified timeframe with a high school diploma.

All schools – comprehensive (or traditional), charter, and Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) – receive a combined four- and five-year graduation rate.

This indicator is reported on the Dashboard for any local educational agency (LEA) and high school that enroll students in grade twelve.

Additional Reports

Designed for educators, the School Dashboard Additional Reports offer information and data beyond what are reported on the Dashboard, including summarized views across all state indicators. Two reports specific to this indicator are the:

  • 2023 Five-by-Five Graduation Rate Placement Report
  • Graduation Rate Report


General Information about the Indicator
Technical Information about the Indicator
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Graduation Rate Indicator FAQs web page addresses the common questions received on this state indicator.

Additional Information about the Dashboard

Next Steps

There are no next steps or upcoming changes for this indicator.


Archived materials from prior Dashboard releases.

Questions: Analysis Measurement & Accountability Reporting | | 916-319-0863 
Last Reviewed: Thursday, December 14, 2023
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  • Record Layout for the DASS 1-Year Grad Rate (added 01-May-2024)
    -Field names, types, and descriptions for the DASS 1-year Graduation. Rate Data Files. The DASS 1-year Graduation Rate is for informational purposes only and is not used for accountability reporting.