• Molly Sullivan, Ed.D.

    Supervisor for Data Analytics, Program Evaluation & Accountability

    P: (757) 603-6400 (ext. 66429)

Graduation Rates

The Virginia calculates three graduation rates for accountability purposes:

  • Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate (OGR)
  • Graduation Completion Index (GCI)
  • Federal Graduation Indicator (FGI)

Detailed information about each rate and how it is calculated is described below. These rates are reported by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as part of the annual School Quality Profile within the College & Career Readiness and ESSA tabs.

Virginia On-Time Graduation Rate (OGR) – Virginia’s Official Graduation Rate

The OGR is based on longitudinal student-level data and expresses the percentage of students in a cohort year who earned a Board of Education-approved diploma within four years of entering high school for the first time.

OGR equals [On-Time Diploma Graduates in Year X] divided by [(# of first-time 9th graders entering in Year X minus 4) plus (Transfers in) minus (Transfers out)].

The OGR formula recognized that some students with disabilities and limited English proficient students are allowed more than the standard four years to earn a diploma and are still counted as on-time graduates.

Graduation Completion Index (GCI) – Accreditation Indicator

The GCI is a measure for a graduating cohort of students based on weighted student outcomes and is used in the determination of state accreditation.

GCI equals [Weighted Values for Cohort & Carryover Diploma Graduates, GEDs, Still-Enrolled Non-Graduates & Completers in Year X] divided by [(# of first-time 9th graders entering in Year X minus 4) plus (Transfers in) minus (Transfers out) + Carryover students)].

Student outcomes (or graduates) in the GCI calculation include students who earn a diploma, a GED, Certificate of Completion, or remain active in school membership on the last day of school.

Federal Graduation Indicator (FGI) – Federal Accountability

The FGI is the percentage of students who graduate with an Advanced Studies or Standard Diploma. This indicator is used in calculating the federal accountability status for high schools.

FGI equals [Advanced Studies & Standard Diploma Graduates in Year X] divided by [(# of first-time 9th graders entering in Year X minus 4) plus (Transfers in) minus (Transfers out)].

Unlike the OGR, special education and limited English proficiency students who have plans in place that allow them more time to graduate will not be re-assigned to different cohorts in the FGI.


Please contact your student’s school counselor if you have a specific question about graduation requirements.

Additional information relating to Virginia graduates and graduation rates can be found on the VDOE website.


For more information visit the VDOE School Quality Profile