High School Graduation Rates by State

States record varying high school graduation rates, which also differ significantly across student demographic groups.

The U.S. Department of Education computes an adjusted graduation rate for states by dividing the number of students earning a regular diploma by an "adjusted cohort" for the graduating class -- the number of ninth graders four years ago, plus students transferring in, minus those who transferred, emigrated or passed away during the four school years.

Adjusted cohort graduation rates were first published for the 2010-11 school year. State graduation rates for the three most recent school years are shown below. Please note that data is unavailable for a few states (see notes below).

State High School Graduation Rates for All Students

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, EDFacts/Consolidated State Performance Reports

State High School Graduation Rates for Low Income Students

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, EDFacts/Consolidated State Performance Reports

State High School Graduation Rates for Children with Disabilities

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, EDFacts/Consolidated State Performance Reports

Data Notes

While adjusted cohort graduation rates shown are more comparable than previously published rates, the Education Department notes that some states still implement requirements differently, resulting in potential differences in how rates are computed.

Data was not applicable or unavailable for a few states with missing figures. California, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas submitted data late that was not subject to the Education Department’s data quality review. Idaho will not begin to report adjusted cohort graduation rates until the 2013-14 school year.

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