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Dropout Rates in The United States: 2002 and 2003

NCES 2008-053
September 2008

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Table 12-B. Averaged freshman graduation rate of public high school students, by state: School year 2001-02
 
State of jurisdiction Averaged
freshman
graduation
rate
Regular
diplomas,
school year
2001-02
Estimated
first-time 9th
graders in
1998-991
Grade 10
membership,
school year
1999-20001
Grade 9
membership,
school year
1998-991
Grade 8
membership,
school year
1997-981
United States (51 states) 72.6 2,621,534 3,611,994 3,461,168 3,911,292 3,463,520
 
Alabama 62.1 35,887 57,746 52,304 62,724 58,210
Alaska 65.9 6,945 10,538 10,217 11,442 9,954
Arizona 74.7 47,175 63,160 60,728 68,216 60,537
Arkansas 74.8 26,984 36,051 35,191 36,517 36,445
California 72.7 325,895 448,379 450,279 475,487 419,371
 
Colorado 74.7 40,760 54,574 52,642 58,369 52,710
Connecticut 79.7 32,327 40,542 39,273 43,140 39,213
Delaware 69.5 6,482 9,325 8,618 10,453 8,905
District of Columbia 68.4 3,090 4,518 4,339 4,624 4,591
Florida 63.4 119,537 188,535 177,234 214,459 173,913
 
Georgia 61.1 65,983 108,060 98,019 123,055 103,107
Hawaii 72.1 10,452 14,501 13,533 16,134 13,837
Idaho 79.3 15,874 20,017 19,792 20,562 19,696
Illinois 77.1 116,657 151,263 145,805 161,781 146,202
Indiana 73.1 56,722 77,628 73,888 83,068 75,926
 
Iowa 84.1 33,789 40,174 40,105 41,691 38,724
Kansas 77.1 29,541 38,296 37,665 40,119 37,104
Kentucky 69.8 36,337 52,087 48,259 56,868 51,135
Louisiana 64.4 37,905 58,864 53,742 65,532 57,318
Maine 75.6 12,593 16,667 15,745 16,854 17,402
 
Maryland 79.7 50,881 63,801 61,123 69,262 61,019
Massachusetts 77.6 55,272 71,211 68,867 75,023 69,742
Michigan 72.9 95,001 130,257 124,193 140,457 126,120
Minnesota 83.9 57,440 68,457 69,030 69,813 66,529
Mississippi 61.2 23,740 38,764 35,127 41,441 39,725
 
Missouri 76.8 54,487 70,991 69,232 74,799 68,943
Montana 79.8 10,554 13,218 12,906 13,686 13,063
Nebraska 83.9 19,910 23,718 23,064 24,901 23,190
Nevada 71.9 16,270 22,634 22,710 23,235 21,958
New Hampshire 77.8 12,452 15,999 15,344 16,624 16,029
 
New Jersey 85.8 77,664 90,484 86,975 93,858 90,618
New Mexico 67.4 18,094 26,847 25,601 29,414 25,525
New York 60.5 140,139 231,735 224,575 262,172 208,459
North Carolina 68.2 65,955 96,754 88,457 108,756 93,048
North Dakota 85.0 8,114 9,549 9,395 9,696 9,555
 
Ohio 77.5 110,608 142,808 135,463 153,735 139,226
Oklahoma 76.0 36,852 48,516 46,675 50,586 48,287
Oregon 71.0 31,153 43,864 43,436 45,493 42,663
Pennsylvania 80.2 114,943 143,256 139,982 151,651 138,134
Rhode Island 75.7 9,006 11,892 11,350 12,801 11,525
 
South Carolina 57.9 31,302 54,017 47,592 63,683 50,775
South Dakota 79.0 8,796 11,137 10,662 11,320 11,429
Tennessee 59.6 40,894 68,639 66,924 73,380 65,613
Texas 73.5 225,167 306,219 275,265 350,743 292,648
Utah 80.5 30,183 37,501 37,836 37,460 37,206
 
Vermont 82.0 7,083 8,641 8,386 9,045 8,492
Virginia 76.7 66,519 86,699 82,135 92,857 85,104
Washington 72.2 58,311 80,763 80,493 85,131 76,664
West Virginia 74.2 17,128 23,091 22,097 24,110 23,067
Wisconsin 84.8 60,575 71,398 70,934 76,660 66,601
Wyoming 74.4 6,106 8,209 7,962 8,403 8,261
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 2001-02 is computed by dividing the number of regular diplomas issued in school year 2001-02 by the number of estimated first-time 9th graders in 1998-99. 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 1997-98, 1998-99, and 1999-2000, 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," 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-02.

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