By Staff reporter
The state's high school graduation rate
inched up to 88.4 percent in 2012, the Department of Education
The rate was 86.6 percent in 2011 and has been steadily increases.
State Superintendent Glenda Ritz
had no immediate comment on the new rate.
The graduation rate is considered a "cohort" rate because it begins with a class of freshmen and the class expands and contracts as students transfer in and out of school during the years that follow. The method is considered a more accurate measure of the percentage of students who graduate in four years or less.
The state rate is based on a law that differs from the calculation used to determine a federal graduation rate. The federal rate exempts fewer students from the cohort and therefore the federal rate is lower than the state rate.
The federal rate is 87 percent, the DOE said. This is the first time the agency has reported a federal rate.
Graduation rate data for schools can be found at http://compass.doe.in.gov.