Many parents are focused on SAT scores when trying to determine how their high school measures up to others. But the graduation rate — the percentage of students who succeed in graduating, on time — is another important barometer.
According to federal data released Tuesday, Milford High School in 2011 had an 85.3 percent graduation rate. This means 85.3 percent of the students who entered as freshmen graduated four years later, two points better than the state average.
Another 6 percent of Milford students were still enrolled in 2011, but had not yet earned enough credits to graduate. Another 1.9 percent obtained their GEDs.
The drop-out rate in 2011 was 6 percent.
For the first time last year, all states were required to follow a common definition for a graduation rate — a federal standard — which evens out some of the discrepancies when comparing state rates. Comparisons among states are still problematic, however, as each state has differing requirements for a high school diploma.
Massachusetts as a whole had an 83 percent graduation rate for the class of 2011, which put the state below the Top 10 nationally. Iowa had the country's highest rate at 88 percent, according to a report in the Boston Globe.
In regional comparisons, Milford High School's graduation rate of 85.3 percent was among the lowest of neighboring districts, according to the federal data, as reported on the state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.
Border District Graduation Rates:
Hopedale: 88.5 percent
Mendon-Upton: 93 percent
Holliston: 96.9 percent
Hopkinton: 98.8 percent
Bellingham: 84.3 percent
Medway: 96.7 percent
Blackstone Valley Tech: 98.2 percent