ANCHORAGE (KTUU) -
(App users, to view the interactive data visualization, follow this link).
Data sourced from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development's (AKDEED) Data Center.
According to AKDEED: "The 2017 5-year cohort group includes all students who first entered grade nine in 2012-2013, attended a public high school in Alaska during the cohort period, and did not transfer to a private school or to a public school outside Alaska, or die, before the end of the 2016-2017 school year."
To calculate the 5-year cohort graduation rate, divide the number of graduates (numerator) by the number of student members in the group (denominator).
Use the interactive data visualization, above, to:
• Compare where Alaska high school students graduate from in 2017, by both school and district.
• Compare how many high school students are graduating annually, statewide.
• Compare the 5-year cohort graduation rates of Alaska's student subgroups and demographics.
In order to Highlight a specific school or district in Alaska, use the two tools in red located at the bottom of the map.
Also, note that schools without a physical address or P.O. Box – i.e. homeschools and distant learning institutions – are mapped by school district.
Statewide high school graduation rates are on the rise, over the past decade.
In 2017, the number of Alaska's high school graduates increased by 3.42 percent since the previous year. Moreover, when comparing numbers of graduates from 2017 to 2008, the state had a graduation rate increase of 6.75 percent.
Across the state last year, the Top 5 high schools with the greatest number of graduates were all located in Anchorage: East High School, West High School, Dimond High School, Service High School and South Anchorage High School. Each of those schools had over at least 345 graduates, in 2017.
The very next top school pushing out graduates was the Interior Distance Education of Alaska (IDEA), with 305 graduating students.
With a majority of the population living within the Municipality of Anchorage, Fairbanks North Star Borough and Matanuska-Susitna Borough, it makes sense that many of Alaska's graduating students were centered around these high traffic areas. However, a few students – ranging from single to low double digits – did graduate across the coasts of Alaska.
Use the interactive map, above, to see exactly how many students graduated from each school across the state.