Why Aren’t All Students Counted in the Federal Graduation Rate?

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Due to a congressional ban on student-level data, the federal government is unable to reliably and consistently report the outcomes of transfer students after they transfer, and has only recently added minimal reporting for part-time students.  Yet more than half of bachelor’s degree recipients in recent years attended more than one school and nearly two-thirds of community college students start part-time.  Those students, among others, are not counted.

The Student Achievement Measure reports more outcomes for more students.  Learn more.