Virginia Educational Attainment

Virginia Educational Attainment

Usability and Accessibility: The dashboard below includes information regarding educational attainment for Virginia. Use the navigation menu on the left side panel to access the dashboard and information for other topic areas at the Virginia or Locality level. The dashboards include text captions for charts and tables that are accessible to screen readers. For each chart or table, you can also access the underlying data by clicking on the links in the Data and Documentation section. For more information on measure definitions, data sources, and data notes, see the collapsible sections below each dashboard.

Metric Description Source Data Published
Virginia Educational Attainment National Ranking The rank is calculated by sorting the percent of population 18 years and older that earned a high school diploma for all of the United States (including the District of Columbia) from least to greatest. The closer to 1, the better Virginia is doing as compared to the other states. US Census Bureau 2019 5-year American Community Survey December 2020
High School Diploma or Higher The count of persons 18 years and older who earned a high school diploma. High School Graduates include people whose highest degree was a high school diploma or its equivalent, people who attended college but did not receive a degree, and people who received an associate's, bachelor's, master's, professional, or doctorate degree. People who reported completing the 12th grade but not receiving a diploma are not included. Percent of adult population represents the proportion of Virginia population 18 years and older with at least a high school diploma. US Census Bureau 2019 5-year American Community Survey December 2020
Higher Education Enrollment The percent of students that enroll in any higher education within 16 months of graduating is calculated as the percent of students in a cohort who graduated from high school with a federally recognized diploma (Advanced Studies, International Baccalaureate, or Standard) and enrolled in an Institution of Higher Education (IHE) within 16 months of graduation. IHE includes any 4-year public IHE, 4-year private IHE, 2-year IHE, or less than 2-year IHE. Virginia Department of Education - Postsecondary Enrollments Reports March 2021
Bachelor's Degree or Higher The count of persons 18 years and older who earned a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher. Persons with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher are those who have received a bachelor's degree from a college or university, or a master's, professional, or doctorate degree. Percent of adult population represents the proportion of Virginia population 18 years and older with at least a bachelor’s degree. US Census Bureau 2019 5-year American Community Survey December 2020
Levels of Educational Attainment The percent of population is calculated based on the percentage of Virginia population 18 years and older that attained each level of education. The levels of educational attainment are categorized as persons who have not earned a high school diploma, persons who have earned a high school diploma, persons who have completed some college or an associate’s degree, or persons who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. Each level represents the highest attainment for an individual, and individuals who have completed multiple levels of education are only counted in the highest level that they attained. For example, those who completed a bachelor’s degree are only counted in the bachelor’s degree or higher group. US Census Bureau 2019 5-year American Community Survey December 2020
Average SOL Pass Rate for All Subjects The average Standards of Learning (SOL) pass rates are calculated based on the average Virginia SOL exam pass rates across subject areas including English, Mathematics, Science, and History/Social Science for grades K-12. Virginia Department of Education - SOL Test Pass Rate 2019
High School Dropout Rate High school dropout rates by race/ethnicity are calculated based on the number of students enrolled in grades 9-12 who dropped out from the 2018-2019 academic year. The dropout rates represent the percent of dropouts from the fall membership in grades 9-12. Virginia Department of Education - Dropout Statistics 2019
Percent of Advanced High School Diplomas Awarded The percent of advanced high school diplomas awarded is calculated based on the number of advanced diplomas awarded divided by the total diplomas awarded to high school graduates. To graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma for students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2018-2019 and beyond, a student must earn at least 26 standard units of credit (as opposed to 22 for a Standard Diploma) and five verified units of credit. Students earn credits by successfully completing required and elective courses. Virginia Department of Education - State Cohort Report 2020
Percent of Population With and Without a High School Diploma Living in Poverty The percent of population represents the proportion of the population below the federal poverty line with and without a high school diploma. US Census Bureau 2019 5-year American Community Survey December 2020
Notes Description
Population Age Range The U.S. Census Bureau educational attainment data separates the populations from ages 18 to 24, and ages 25 and over. The metrics in this dashboard combine the data from these two age ranges to reflect the complete adult population ages 18 and over.
High School or Higher & Bachelor’s or Higher Descriptions High School Graduates include people whose highest degree was a high school diploma or its equivalent, people who attended college but did not receive a degree, and people who received an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or professional or doctorate degree. People who reported completing the 12th grade but not receiving a diploma are not included. Persons with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher are those who have received a bachelor's degree from a college or university, or a master's, professional, or doctorate degree. For the complete Description, go to ACS subject Descriptions "Educational Attainment."
Higher Education Enrollment The Federal State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Indicator (C)(11) report provides data on the number of students in a cohort who graduated from high school with a federally recognized diploma (Advanced Studies, International Baccalaureate, or Standard) and enrolled in an Institution of Higher Education (IHE) within 16 months of graduation as required by the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. To create these reports, Virginia Department of Education has entered into an agreement with the National Student Clearinghouse.
Virginia Department of Education Data by Locality Virginia Department of Education Data is reported at the school division level for localities that have a unique school division. For localities and school divisions that do not have a 1 to 1 pairing (e.g., Fairfax County Public Schools covers both Fairfax County and Fairfax City), data elements are calculated for each locality based on school level data from schools located in the locality.
Rural and Non-Rural Designations Virginia counties/cities that are not designated as parts of Office of Management and Budget Metropolitan Areas (MAs) are considered rural. For more information about rural and non-rural designations, visit the VDH website.
Margin of Error: US Census Bureau 2019 5-year American Community Survey Data American Community Survey (ACS) estimates are based on a sample and are subject to sampling error, meaning that the true value is expected to be within a range. For simplicity and in accord with how Census data is presented elsewhere, only the estimate is presented and not the range of possible values. For more information on the ranges, see the ACS Methodology.
Margin of Error for Race/Ethnicity Data: US Census Bureau 2019 5-year American Community Survey Data Data is only displayed for Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and White races/ethnicities. Data for American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and other races/ethnicities is not included due to high margins of error from small survey sample populations for these groups. As a result, data for these races/ethnicities cannot be displayed with confidence in their accuracy. These groups are not excluded for lack of importance. For more information about additional races/ethnicities, visit the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.
Methodology: US Census Bureau 2019 5-year American Community Survey Data The following links provide additional information to better understand the US Census Bureau 2019 5-year American Community Survey data: