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Dropout Rates in The United States: 2002 and 2003

NCES 2008-053
September 2008

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Table 12-A. Averaged freshman graduation rate of public high school students, by state: School year 2002-03
 
State of jurisdiction Averaged
freshman
graduation
rate
Regular
diplomas,
school year
2002-03
Estimated
first-time 9th
graders in
1999-20001
Grade 10
membership,
school year
2000-011
Grade 9
membership,
school year
1999-20001
Grade 8
membership,
school year
1998-991
United States (51 states) 73.9 2,719,947 3,682,202 3,529,652 3,986,992 3,529,963
 
Alabama 64.7 36,741 56,749 51,991 61,150 57,105
Alaska 68.0 7,297 10,725 10,110 11,568 10,497
Arizona 75.9 49,986 65,842 63,966 68,917 64,644
Arkansas 76.6 27,555 35,971 35,068 36,772 36,073
California 74.1 341,097 460,481 461,030 488,999 431,414
 
Colorado 76.4 42,379 55,491 54,006 58,815 53,652
Connecticut 80.9 33,667 41,613 40,608 43,977 40,254
Delaware 73.0 6,817 9,334 8,887 10,150 8,964
District of Columbia 59.6 2,725 4,574 3,838 5,580 4,303
Florida 66.7 127,484 191,065 170,385 223,743 179,066
 
Georgia 60.8 66,890 110,062 99,934 125,388 104,863
Hawaii 71.3 10,013 14,046 13,154 15,637 13,346
Idaho 81.4 15,858 19,490 19,359 20,039 19,073
Illinois 75.9 117,507 154,816 150,781 164,858 148,810
Indiana 75.5 57,897 76,718 73,565 81,442 75,147
 
Iowa 85.3 34,860 40,871 40,951 42,394 39,269
Kansas 76.9 29,963 38,952 38,231 40,650 37,974
Kentucky 71.7 37,654 52,488 49,708 57,405 50,350
Louisiana 64.1 37,610 58,715 53,307 64,855 57,982
Maine 76.3 12,947 16,967 16,001 17,233 17,668
 
Maryland 79.2 51,864 65,468 62,843 70,854 62,708
Massachusetts 75.7 55,987 73,979 71,430 78,062 72,444
Michigan 74.0 100,301 135,558 132,342 143,740 130,592
Minnesota 84.8 59,432 70,062 71,064 71,222 67,899
Mississippi 62.7 23,810 37,971 34,755 40,654 38,504
 
Missouri 78.3 56,925 72,657 70,666 76,575 70,731
Montana 81.0 10,657 13,157 12,885 13,562 13,024
Nebraska 85.2 20,161 23,655 23,378 24,861 22,725
Nevada 72.3 16,378 22,644 20,040 24,672 23,220
New Hampshire 78.2 13,210 16,902 16,225 17,573 16,907
 
New Jersey 87.0 81,391 93,573 91,086 96,228 93,404
New Mexico 63.1 16,923 26,833 25,476 29,307 25,716
New York 60.9 143,818 236,030 229,516 266,971 211,602
North Carolina 70.1 69,696 99,491 91,449 111,495 95,528
North Dakota 86.4 8,169 9,457 9,374 9,677 9,321
 
Ohio 79.0 115,762 146,553 139,870 157,337 142,451
Oklahoma 76.0 36,694 48,288 46,163 50,523 48,178
Oregon 73.7 32,587 44,244 43,821 45,867 43,045
Pennsylvania 81.7 119,933 146,725 143,159 155,929 141,086
Rhode Island 77.7 9,318 12,000 11,525 12,832 11,642
 
South Carolina 59.7 32,482 54,404 48,628 62,883 51,700
South Dakota 83.0 8,999 10,840 10,402 11,261 10,859
Tennessee 63.4 44,113 69,621 65,388 75,890 67,583
Texas 75.5 238,111 315,494 287,355 359,368 299,760
Utah 80.2 29,527 36,838 37,335 36,783 36,396
 
Vermont 83.6 6,970 8,337 8,006 8,779 8,227
Virginia 80.6 72,943 90,504 86,731 96,959 87,822
Washington 74.2 60,435 81,465 80,453 86,602 77,340
West Virginia 75.7 17,287 22,826 21,882 23,928 22,669
Wisconsin 85.8 63,272 73,746 73,796 78,961 68,481
Wyoming 73.9 5,845 7,911 7,726 8,063 7,944
1 Estimates of enrollment by grade include a prorated count of students reported as not being in a standard grade (students classified as ungraded in CCD data files).

NOTE: The averaged freshman graduation rate provides an estimate of the percentage of high school students who graduate on time. The rate for 2002-03 is computed by dividing the number of regular diplomas issued in school year 2002-03 by the number of estimated first-time 9th graders in 1999-2000. The estimated number of first-time 9th graders in 1999-2000 is the mean of membership in grades 8, 9, and 10 in school years 1998-99, 1999-2000, and 2000-01, respectively.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education," 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01, 2002-03.

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