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 remains unable to reliably and consistently report outcomes of students after they transfer out, and has only recently added some reporting for part-time students and those who transfer in.  That new reporting, however, is not incorporated into an institution’s singular federal graduation rate.

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.