Cohort graduation rate data is available for review! The notice below was in the weekly Commisioner's Update from DESE. As you all know, the cohort graduation rate is one of the indicators in the state accountability and assistance system so please, if you are involved in this data, take this opportunity to review the accuracy of the information your district has submitted! It could impact the final rates that are released later this winter.
"ESE has posted 2012 cohort graduation rate data for districts to review and make corrections to individual student data. See "2012 Graduation Rate Reports" on the Security Portal at https://www4.doemass.org/auth/Login. Aggregate rates have not yet been provided. Corrections will not be accepted through email or over the phone. The only mechanism to make corrections to these data is through the October SIMS submission. The final graduation rates will be made publicly available in January 2013 once the October 2012 SIMS data have been certified and the calculations have been completed. The application can be accessed with a username, password, and the SIMS Data User role. Should you or your staff have any questions on the correction process, please contact your District Support Specialist. A listing of those individuals is located at http://www.doe.mass.edu/infoservices/data/fts.html. The deadline to correct these graduation rate data coincides with the October SIMS submission deadline, which is Nov. 15."