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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 Dashboard External link opens in new window or tab. (Dashboard). It represents the percentage of students who graduate high school within a specified timeframe.

Comprehensive (or traditional) high schools receive a combined four- and five-year graduation rate. Alternative schools, or Dashboard Alternative School Status (DASS) schools, receive a modified 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:

  • Graduation Rate Report, and
  • Five-by-Five Graduation Rate Placement Report


General Information about the Indicator
Technical Information about the Indicator

Additional Information about the Dashboard
  • Connect to the Dashboard Measures tab on the Dashboard Resources web page to learn about other state indicators reported on the Dashboard.

  • View the 2022 Dashboard Communication Toolkit to enhance your knowledge about the 2022 Dashboard. (Will be available in August 2022)

  • Resources for parents, educators, and those new to the Dashboard are available on the Dashboard Resources web page.

Next Steps

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


Archived materials from prior Dashboard releases.

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Last Reviewed: Monday, July 11, 2022
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