USA: States report new high school graduation rates

November 27, 2012

Educational

States report new high school graduation rates using more accurate, common measure

U.S. Department of Education

November 26, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education released data detailing state four-year high school graduation rates in 2010-11 – the first year for which all states used a common, rigorous measure. The varying methods formerly used by states to report graduation rates made comparisons between states unreliable, while the new, common metric can be used by states, districts and schools to promote greater accountability and to develop strategies that will reduce dropout rates and increase graduation rates in schools nationwide.

The new, uniform rate calculation is not comparable in absolute terms to previously reported rates. Therefore, while 26 states reported lower graduation rates and 24 states reported unchanged or increased rates under the new metric, these changes should not be viewed as measures of progress but rather as a more accurate snapshot.

“By using this new measure, states will be more honest in holding schools accountable and ensuring that students succeed,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Ultimately, these data will help states target support to ensure more students graduate on time, college and career ready.”

The transition to a common, adjusted four-year cohort graduation rate reflects states’ efforts to create greater uniformity and transparency in reporting high school graduation data, and it meets the requirements of October 2008 federal regulations. A key goal of these regulations was to develop a graduation rate that provides parents, educators and community members with better information on their school’s progress while allowing for meaningful comparisons of graduation rates across states and school districts. The new graduation rate measurement also accurately accounts for students who drop out or who do not earn a regular high school diploma.

In 2011, states began individually reporting 2010-11 high school graduation rates, but this is the first time the Department has compiled these rates in one public document. These 2010-11 graduation rates are preliminary, state-reported data, and the Department plans to release final rates in the coming months. Beginning with data for the 2011-12 school year, graduation rates calculated using this new method will become a key element of state accountability systems, including for states that have been approved for ESEA flexibility.

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Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, All Students: 2010-11
By race

State       Native Hawaiian or    
  White Black Asian Other Pacific Islander Two or More Races All Students
Alabama 78% 63% 72%
Alaska 75% 63% 79% 79% 65% 68%
Arizona 85% 74% 78%
Arkansas 84% 73% 80% 80% 82% 81%
California 85% 63% 90% 90% 65% 76%
Colorado 81% 65% 81% 81% 74%
Connecticut 89% 71% 83%
Delaware 82% 73% n< n< 93% 78%
District of Columbia 85% 58% n< n< 59%
Florida 76% 59% 86% 86% 71%
Georgia 76% 60% 69% 67%
Hawaii 78% 77% 80%
Idaho
Illinois 89% 74% 92% 92% 81% 84%
Indiana 88% 75% 89% 89% 80% 86%
Iowa 90% 73% 89% 89% 82% 88%
Kansas 86% 72% 88% 88% 81% 83%
Kentucky
Louisiana 77% 64% n< n< 80% 71%
Maine 84% 77% n< n< 86% 84%
Maryland 89% 76% 93% 93% 91% 83%
Massachusetts 89% 71% 88% 88% 81% 83%
Michigan 80% 57% 87% 87% 69% 74%
Minnesota 84% 49% 77%
Mississippi 82% 68% 89% 89% 75%
Missouri 85% 66% 87% 87% 92% 81%
Montana 85% 81% 90% 90% 82%
Nebraska 90% 70% 83% 83% 86%
Nevada 71% 43% 73% 73% 80% 62%
New Hampshire 87% 73% n< n< 86% 86%
New Jersey 90% 69% 93% 93% 84% 83%
New Mexico 73% 60% 63%
New York 86% 64% 79% 77%
North Carolina 83% 72% 77% 78%
North Dakota 90% 74% 88% 88% 86%
Ohio 85% 59% 71% 80%
Oklahoma
Oregon 70% 54% 79% 79% 73% 68%
Pennsylvania 88% 65% 75% 83%
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island 82% 67% 75% 75% 77% 77%
South Carolina 77% 70% 74%
South Dakota 88% 73% 84% 84% 87% 83%
Tennessee 89% 78% 91% 91% 86%
Texas 92% 81% 95% 95% 92% 86%
Utah 80% 61% 72% 72% 76%
Vermont 87%
Virginia 86% 73% 82%
Washington 79% 65% n< n< 73% 76%
West Virginia 77% 72% n< 76%
Wisconsin 91% 64% 87%
Wyoming 82% 58% 91% 91% 77% 80%

† This symbol means not applicable.
– This symbol means data value was not available.
n< This symbol means that the data have been suppressed based on the state’s established data suppression rules.
# This symbol means data value rounds to zero.
‡ This symbol means reporting standards not met.
<3% This symbol means data value was less than 3%.
>97% This symbol means data value was greater than 97%.

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Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, Hispanic/Latino: 2010-11 1
By place of origin regardless of race. Race is identified above

Alabama 66%
Alaska 62%
Arizona 72%
Arkansas 77%
California 70%
Colorado 60%
Connecticut 64%
Delaware 71%
District of Columbia 55%
Florida 69%
Georgia 58%
Hawaii 79%
Idaho
Illinois 77%
Indiana 81%
Iowa 75%
Kansas 73%
Kentucky
Louisiana 70%
Maine 87%
Maryland 72%
Massachusetts 62%
Michigan 63%
Minnesota 51%
Mississippi 75%
Missouri 75%
Montana 78%
Nebraska 74%
Nevada 53%
New Hampshire 73%
New Jersey 73%
New Mexico 59%
New York 63%
North Carolina 69%
North Dakota 76%
Ohio 66%
Oklahoma
Oregon 58%
Pennsylvania 65%
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island 67%
South Carolina 69%
South Dakota 73%
Tennessee 79%
Texas 82%
Utah 57%
Vermont
Virginia 71%
Washington 63%
West Virginia 71%
Wisconsin 72%
Wyoming 74%

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget currently defines “Hispanic or Latino” as “a person of Mexican, Puerto Rican (U.S.), Cuban, South American or Central American, or other Spanish language culture or origin, regardless of race”. The 2010 Census asked if the person was “Spanish/Hispanic/Latino”. One may be either white, Amerindian, black, Asian or of more than one race.

See link below to understand the difference between Hispanic/Latino and one’s racial classification

https://dilemma-x.net/2012/03/28/understanding-the-difference-between-hispaniclatino-and-ones-racial-classification/

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Provisional Data File: SY2010-11 Four-Year Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rates

State 2010-2011 graduation rate data pdf

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Total Number of Public School Districts: 2010-11

National 15,079
Alabama 132
Alaska 54
Arizona 593
Arkansas 256
California 1,020
Colorado 182
Connecticut 189
Delaware 37
District of Columbia 45
Florida 73
Georgia 194
Hawaii 1
Idaho 142
Illinois 867
Indiana 292
Iowa 359
Kansas 289
Kentucky 174
Louisiana 76
Maine 181
Maryland 25
Massachusetts 393
Michigan 573
Minnesota 532
Mississippi 152
Missouri 558
Montana 417
Nebraska 251
Nevada 17
New Hampshire 158
New Jersey 631
New Mexico 89
New York 896
North Carolina 115
North Dakota 179
Ohio 613
Oklahoma 529
Oregon 196
Pennsylvania 641
Puerto Rico 1
Rhode Island 53
South Carolina 87
South Dakota 152
Tennessee 136
Texas 1,220
Utah 118
Vermont 237
Virginia 132
Washington 295
West Virginia 55
Wisconsin 424
Wyoming 48

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Total Federal Funding for Elementary and Secondary Education Programs: FY 2011

National  $35,284,810,647
Alabama  $525,714,640
Alaska  $256,171,714
Arizona  $833,896,324
Arkansas  $351,597,859
California  $3,951,166,409
Colorado  $427,092,255
Connecticut  $313,107,570
Delaware  $109,281,467
District of Columbia  $98,329,917
Florida  $1,763,831,937
Georgia  $1,107,387,552
Hawaii  $165,073,599
Idaho  $158,152,915
Illinois  $1,469,255,977
Indiana  $651,436,619
Iowa  $261,609,062
Kansas  $318,648,005
Kentucky  $507,848,317
Louisiana  $637,516,701
Maine  $147,961,178
Maryland  $491,946,729
Massachusetts  $632,230,327
Michigan  $1,201,858,158
Minnesota  $472,182,278
Mississippi  $412,436,167
Missouri  $624,961,273
Montana  $164,148,558
Nebraska  $205,190,137
Nevada  $223,768,452
New Hampshire  $124,013,950
New Jersey  $837,872,852
New Mexico  $363,965,275
New York  $2,486,550,871
North Carolina  $933,255,959
North Dakota  $122,491,144
Ohio  $1,264,690,642
Oklahoma  $454,590,246
Oregon  $372,445,477
Pennsylvania  $1,245,950,594
Puerto Rico  $814,103,686
Rhode Island  $129,981,117
South Carolina  $504,345,031
South Dakota  $164,148,719
Tennessee  $647,961,840
Texas  $3,159,479,179
Utah  $258,833,708
Vermont  $91,631,212
Virginia  $703,262,031
Washington  $622,041,916
West Virginia  $221,401,367
Wisconsin  $554,937,164
Wyoming  $104,944,406

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Video: PBS Drop-out crisis and how it impacts the United States

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Video: Educating Black Boys -Al Jazeera Correspondent

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Video: Latinos group with highest drop-out rates

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Video: Racial integration of Central High School with Little Rock 1957

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