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2010 Spotlight

High-Poverty Public Schools

What are the high school graduation rates for high-poverty schools, according to school administrators?

In 2007–08, according to school administrators, the average percentage of 12th-graders in high-poverty secondary schools who graduated with a diploma during the previous year was lower than the average percentage for 12th-graders in low-poverty secondary schools (see table A-24-5). About 68 percent of 12th-graders in high-poverty schools and 91 percent of 12th-graders in low-poverty schools graduated with a diploma. Since 1999–2000, the average percentage of seniors in high-poverty schools who graduated with a diploma has declined by 18 percentage points, from 86 to 68 percent. In contrast, there was no measurable difference between the 1999–2000 graduation rate in low-poverty schools and the 2007–08 rate in low-poverty schools.

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