The cumulative 4-year dropout rate for the previous year's graduating class is the sum of the number of students who dropped out each year as their class progressed through 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade, divided by their 9th grade class enrollment on October 1.
The drop out rate indicates the proportion of students that do not complete high school. Students who drop out of high school are much more likely to experience poorer health than students who complete college1. In addition, they are also more likely to be unemployed, risk living in poverty and struggle financially, and make unhealthy decisions. They are also more likely to live in neighborhoods with poor physical, social, and economic environments, which lead to more poor health outcomes2.
1 California Newsreel, Nationality Minority Consortia, Joint Center Health Policy Institute. Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/resources.php?topic_id=3
2 California Newsreel, Nationality Minority Consortia, Joint Center Health Policy Institute. Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/resources.php?topic_id=6
This data is pulled from the Connecticut Department of Education's Connecticut Education Data and Research (CEDAR) site (http://www.csde.state.ct.us/public/cedar/index.htm).