High School Graduation of Youth in Foster Care
One of DCYF’s strategic priorities is that we create successful transitions to adulthood for youth and young adults in our care. Graduation from high school is an outcome indicator for this priority. Statewide, the 2020 cohort included 83,799 students, 83% of whom graduated on time. In most years, an additional 2-3 percent of the class have graduated by the end of their fifth year. Among that 2020 cohort, 635 youth were indicated as having been in foster care. Youth who have not been in foster care graduated at the rate of the overall class, whereas 50% of youth who had been in foster care graduated on time. In recent years, an additional 2-10% of those youth did graduate from high school after their fifth year.