Colorado Continues to Make Steady Gains on the Graduation Rate

Data released recently by the Colorado Department of Education shows the statewide on-time graduation rate for the class of 2012 increased 1.5 percentage points to 75.4 percent as compared to last year. The on-time graduation rate stood at 73.9 percent for the class of 2011.

A total of 120 (65.6 percent) Colorado school districts achieved a four-year on-time graduation rate at or above the state’s expectation of at least 80 percent.

Closing the Gap

Graduation rate increases were seen across nearly all racial and ethnic groups. The rate for minority students increased at or faster than the rate for their white peers. Among racial and ethnic groups, the on-time graduation rate for the 2011-2012 school year was 57.7 percent for American Indian; 82.9 percent for Asian students; 66.2 percent for black students; 62.5 percent for Hispanic students; 82.1 percent for white students; 70.1 percent for Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; and 80.4 percent for students reported as two or more races.


Statewide, the on-time graduation for females was 79.5 percent and the male graduation rate was 71.4 percent.

Completion Rate

Combining all graduates with those completers who receive a certificate, a designation of high school completion or a GED certificate determines the completion rate.  The 2011-2012 completion rate was 78.2 percent, while the 2010-2011 completion rate was 76.8 percent.

Giving Students More Time

Colorado has been persistent in keeping non-graduates enrolled beyond their fourth year of high school and moving them to graduate in five or six years. For example, looking at the Class of 2010, Colorado’s five-year graduation rate for this class increased to 77.1 percent over the four-year rate of 72.4 percent, an increase of 4.7 percentage points. The six-year graduation rate is 78.5 percent, an increase of 6.1 percentage points over the four-year rate.

Dropout Rate

The state again saw a decrease in the dropout rate. This is the state’s sixth consecutive year for reducing its dropout rate. This year’s rate was reduced by 0.1 percentage points from last year. The 2011-2012 dropout rate is 2.9 percent. Colorado’s public schools generated 488 fewer dropouts in 2011-12 than in the 2010-11 school year. Compared to the 2005-06 school year, when the dropout rate was 4.5 percent, the state generated 5,775 fewer dropouts in 2011-12. Follow this link for more information.

The dropout rate reflects the percentage of all students enrolled in grades seven through 12 who leave school without transferring to another educational environment during a single school year. It is calculated by dividing the number of dropouts by a membership base, which includes all seventh- through 12th-grade students who were in membership any time during the year.


Work-Related Injury Deaths in Colorado

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s annual release of preliminary work-related death statistics shows there were 87 occupational injury fatalities in Colorado in 2011, two more than occurred in 2010, according to the Colorado Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

There were approximately 3.5 deaths in Colorado for every 100,000 workers in the state’s workforce in 2011.

The data identify transportation fatalities as the major cause of work-related deaths. The top three causes of work-related deaths were as follows:

  1. Transportation-related deaths continued to be the leading cause of work-related deaths in Colorado, with 34 deaths accounting for 39 percent of the state’s 87 occupational fatalities during 2011. Of these 34 deaths, 21 were roadway incidents that involved motorized land vehicles, and four were pedestrians involved with a motor vehicle.
  2. There were 16 deaths from violence in 2011.  Of these, nine were self-inflicted, intentional injuries.
  3. There were 16 deaths from contact with objects and equipment in 2011, up slightly from 15 deaths in 2010

Work-related fatalities by worker characteristics

  1. Men accounted for 81 of the 87 worker deaths in 2011.
  2. By race/ethnicity, 61 deaths were white non-Hispanic workers, 22 were Hispanic workers, and the remainder were black, American Indian, Alaska native, Asian, native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander or unknown.
  3. Workers in the 45 to 54-year-old age group had the highest number of fatalities with 23 deaths in 2011, followed closely by workers in the 55 to 64 age group with 21 deaths.

Work-related fatalities by industry (top three):

  1. Trade, transportation and utilities: 22 deaths
  2. Construction: 16 deaths
  3. Natural resources and mining: 13 deaths

Work-related fatalities by occupation (top three):

  1. Transportation and material-moving occupations had 20 deaths. Of these, 16 were motor vehicle operators.
  2. Construction and extraction occupations had16 deaths.  Of these, 10 were construction trades workers and four were extraction workers.
  3. Management occupations had 13 deaths. Of these, six were farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers.

The Colorado Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries is a cooperative effort of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Health Statistics Section and the Occupational Health and Safety Surveillance Program, as well as the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, which recently released its preliminary 2011 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries data.

Work-related fatalities are identified through review of death certificates, workers’ compensation claims, reports of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and other sources as available.


In high school sports over the weekend:

In basketball:
Steamboat’s boys and girls beat Palisade.  (boys= 52-40; girls= 65-55).
The Rangely boys beat Vail Mountain (65-40).
The Soroco boys and girls defeated North Park.  (boys= 75-58; girls= 49-48).
The Meeker boys lost to Vail Christian (46-42), while the girls won (72-14).
Hayden’s boys and girls topped West Grand.  (boys= 71-52; girls= 51-36).
Moffat County girls defeated Basalt 75-51
Hayden girls fell to North Park 41-36; boys won 61-35
Rangely girls lost to Vail Christian 62-48
Steamboat girls lost to Delta 42-35 while the boys won 35-34
Soroco girls defeated West Grand 55-47; the boys lost in OT 77-74

In wrestling:
Moffat County beat Cedaredge (51-30), Basalt (42-32), and Gunnison (64-6).

In hockey:
Steamboat topped Fountain Valley 5-1.
Steamboat fell to Monarch 6-4


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