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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Education
Q: Does the public high school graduation rate vary by State?
A: On average, graduation rates in the South and West were lower than the rates in the Northeast and Midwest in the 2017-2018 school year.

Public high school 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR)*

State 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
United States 81.4 82.3 83.2 84.1 84.6 85.3
Alabama 80.0 86.3 89.3 87.1 89.3 90.0
Alaska 71.8 71.1 75.6 76.1 78.2 78.5
Arizona 75.1 75.7 77.4 79.5 78.0 78.7
Arkansas 84.9 86.9 84.9 87.0 88.0 89.2
California 80.4 81.0 82.0 83.0 82.7 83.0
Colorado 76.9 77.3 77.3 78.9 79.1 80.8
Connecticut 85.5 87.0 87.2 87.4 87.9 88.4
Delaware 80.4 87.0 85.6 85.5 86.9 86.9
District of Columbia 62.3 61.4 68.5 69.2 73.2 68.5
Florida 75.6 76.1 77.9 80.7 82.3 86.3
Georgia 71.7 72.5 78.8 79.4 80.6 81.6
Hawaii 82.4 81.8 81.6 82.7 82.7 84.5
Idaho NA 77.3 78.9 79.7 79.7 80.7
Illinois 83.2 86.0 85.6 85.5 87.0 86.5
Indiana 87.0 87.9 87.1 86.8 83.8 88.1
Iowa 89.7 90.5 90.8 91.3 91.0 91.4
Kansas 85.7 85.7 85.7 85.7 86.5 87.2
Kentucky 86.1 87.5 88.0 88.6 89.7 90.3
Louisiana 73.5 74.6 77.5 78.6 78.1 81.4
Maine 86.4 86.5 87.5 87.0 86.9 86.7
Maryland 85.0 86.4 87.0 87.6 87.7 87.1
Massachusetts 85.0 86.1 87.3 87.5 88.3 87.8
Michigan 77.0 78.6 79.8 79.7 80.2 80.6
Minnesota 79.8 81.2 81.9 82.2 82.7 83.2
Mississippi 75.5 77.6 80.8 82.3 83.0 84.0
Missouri 85.7 87.3 87.8 89.0 88.3 89.2
Montana 84.4 85.4 86.0 85.6 85.8 86.4
Nebraska 88.5 89.7 88.9 89.3 89.1 88.7
Nevada 70.7 70.0 71.3 73.6 80.9 83.2
New Hampshire 87.3 88.1 88.1 88.2 88.9 88.8
New Jersey 87.5 88.6 89.7 90.1 90.5 90.9
New Mexico 70.3 68.5 68.6 71.0 71.1 73.9
New York 76.8 77.8 79.2 80.4 81.8 82.3
North Carolina 82.5 83.9 85.6 85.9 86.6 86.3
North Dakota 87.5 87.2 86.6 87.5 87.2 88.1
Ohio 82.2 81.8 80.7 83.5 84.2 82.1
Oklahoma 84.8 82.7 82.5 81.6 82.6 81.8
Oregon 68.7 72.0 73.8 74.8 76.7 78.7
Pennsylvania 85.5 85.3 84.8 86.1 86.6 85.9
Rhode Island 79.7 80.8 83.2 82.8 84.1 84.0
South Carolina 77.6 80.1 80.3 82.6 83.6 81.0
South Dakota 82.7 82.7 83.9 83.9 83.7 84.1
Tennessee 86.3 87.2 87.9 88.5 89.8 90.0
Texas 88.0 88.3 89.0 89.1 89.7 90.0
Utah 83.0 83.9 84.8 85.2 86.0 87.0
Vermont 86.6 87.8 87.7 87.7 89.1 85.1
Virginia 84.5 85.3 85.7 86.7 86.9 87.5
Washington 76.4 78.2 78.2 79.7 79.4 86.7
West Virginia 81.4 84.5 86.5 89.8 89.4 90.2
Wisconsin 88.0 88.6 88.4 88.2 88.6 89.7
Wyoming 77.0 78.6 79.3 80.0 86.2 81.7

NA: Data not available. The U.S. total is based on imputed data for Idaho in the 2012-2013 school year.
Use data for Alabama with caution. The Alabama State Department of Education has indicated that their ACGR data for some years was misstated. For more information, please see the following press release issued by the state: https://www.alsde.edu/sec/comm/News%20Releases/12-08-2016%20Graduation%20Rate%20Review.pdf
* The adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR) is the percentage of public high school freshmen who graduate with a regular diploma within 4 years of starting 9th grade. Students who are entering 9th grade for the first time form a cohort for the graduating class. The cohort is "adjusted" by adding any students who subsequently transfer into the cohort and subtracting any students who subsequently transfer out, emigrate to another country, or die.

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Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01502.asp?qaDate=2018. Released on June 05, 2020.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Digest of Education Statistics, Table 219.35. "Table 219.46. Public high school 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR), by selected student characteristics and state: 2010-11 through 2017-18." https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d19/tables/dt19_219.46.asp.

 

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