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Percentages represent change over the time period displayed.

3 and 4 year-olds Enrolled in Nursery or Preschool

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Preschool can be critical for preparing students to succeed in school, particularly for low-income students. The share of 3 to 4 year-olds enrolled in nurseries or preschool is around 53 percent in Northern Virginia, above the state or national average.
Source: U.S. Census American Community Survey
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Educational Certifications Completed in High Schools

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Educational certifications typically require less time and money than traditional 2- or 4-year postsecondary programs; therefore, they may be more accessible.  Obtaining certificates can increase an employee’s pay beyond those with only a high school diploma.
Source: Virginia Department of Education
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On-Time (Four-Year) Graduation Rate

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Since 2008, the on-time graduation rate in the Northern Virginia region has grown slightly from 91 to 93 percent in 2016. Students who graduate on time are more likely to attend college and have higher earnings in the future.
Source: Virginia Department of Education Cohort Reports
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Residents with Less than a High School Diploma

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A high school education is important for obtaining knowledge and skills to be a productive citizen. Among other challenges, not completing high school increases the likelihood of being unemployed or being employed in low-wage jobs.
Source: American Community Survey
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Residents with Some College, Associate’s Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or Advanced Degree

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This indicator shows how many residents of the area have completed at least some college, including those who have more advanced educations. Postsecondary education is often correlated with higher income and other more positive social outcomes.
Source: American Community Survey
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School Dropouts

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The dropout rate is the share of students who should have graduated and instead left without a diploma or GED. The dropout rate in Northern Virginia has gone down slightly from 7 percent in 2008 to 6 percent in 2016.
Source: Virginia Department of Education Cohort Reports
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