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Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006

NCES 2008-053
September 2008


Table 12.  Averaged freshman graduation rate of public high school students, by state: School year 2004–05
 
State Averaged freshman graduation rate (percent) Regular diplomas, school year 2004–05 Estimated first-time 9th-graders, school year 2001–021 Grade 10 membership, school year 2002–03 Grade 9 membership, school year 2001–02 Grade 8 membership, school year 2000–01
United States2  74.7 2,799,250 3,748,452 3,618,589 4,050,398 3,576,370
             
Alabama  65.9 37,453 56,844 52,543 61,038 56,951
Alaska  64.1 6,909 10,777 10,219 11,734 10,377
Arizona  84.7 59,498 70,268 71,551 73,522 65,732
Arkansas  75.7 26,621 35,167 34,499 36,018 34,983
California  74.6 355,217 476,473 476,400 505,416 447,601
             
Colorado  76.7 44,532 58,026 55,938 62,756 55,384
Connecticut  80.9 35,515 43,902 42,488 46,621 42,597
Delaware  73.1 6,934 9,491 8,797 10,602 9,075
District of Columbia  68.8 2,781 4,040 4,278 4,256 3,588
Florida  64.6 133,318 206,251 184,325 248,764 185,663
             
Georgia  61.7 70,834 114,731 106,335 128,734 109,124
Hawaii  75.1 10,813 14,393 13,702 16,046 13,430
Idaho  81.0 15,768 19,458 19,406 19,923 19,046
Illinois  79.4 123,615 155,735 151,956 165,899 149,350
Indiana  73.2 55,444 75,749 73,684 79,320 74,244
             
Iowa  86.6 33,547 38,744 38,626 40,216 37,391
Kansas  79.2 30,355 38,344 38,138 39,839 37,057
Kentucky  75.9 38,399 50,593 48,139 54,051 49,589
Louisiana  63.9 36,009 56,359 49,101 57,404 62,570
Maine  78.6 13,077 16,639 15,823 16,888 17,206
             
Maryland  79.3 54,170 68,304 66,028 73,789 65,095
Massachusetts  78.7 59,665 75,775 72,404 80,394 74,527
Michigan  73.0 101,582 139,120 136,929 148,732 131,698
Minnesota  85.9 58,391 67,950 68,563 69,032 66,254
Mississippi  63.3 23,523 37,136 34,055 39,638 37,715
             
Missouri  80.6 57,841 71,747 70,210 75,599 69,432
Montana  81.5 10,335 12,682 12,480 13,026 12,540
Nebraska  87.8 19,940 22,720 22,440 23,855 21,864
Nevada  55.8 15,740 28,220 27,131 32,147 25,381
New Hampshire3  80.1 13,775 17,206 16,633 17,706 17,279
             
New Jersey  85.1 86,502 101,681 100,946 104,932 99,166
New Mexico  65.4 17,353 26,516 25,863 28,816 24,870
New York  65.3 153,203 234,546 231,657 257,489 214,493
North Carolina  72.6 75,010 103,332 96,462 114,236 99,299
North Dakota  86.3 7,555 8,754 8,705 8,906 8,651
             
Ohio  80.2 116,702 145,430 139,163 156,744 140,383
Oklahoma  76.9 36,227 47,106 45,476 49,312 46,529
Oregon  74.2 32,602 43,957 44,034 45,261 42,576
Pennsylvania  82.5 124,758 151,193 148,428 160,520 144,631
Rhode Island  78.4 9,881 12,598 12,244 13,538 12,013
             
South Carolina  60.1 33,439 55,661 49,445 64,279 53,259
South Dakota  82.3 8,585 10,431 10,326 10,652 10,316
Tennessee  68.5 47,967 70,038 67,021 75,592 67,502
Texas  74.0 239,717 323,884 300,338 366,895 304,419
Utah  84.4 30,253 35,830 36,254 35,854 35,381
             
Vermont  86.5 7,152 8,265 8,180 8,603 8,013
Virginia  79.6 73,667 92,514 88,952 100,795 87,795
Washington  75.0 61,094 81,457 80,815 86,396 77,160
West Virginia  77.3 17,137 22,172 21,210 23,370 21,936
Wisconsin  86.7 63,229 72,925 73,022 77,802 67,950
Wyoming  76.7 5,616 7,318 7,226 7,443 7,286
1 First-time 9th-graders were estimated as the average of student membership in grades 8, 9, and 10 in 3 consecutive years.
2 U.S. totals include the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
3 New Hampshire included homeschooled students in reported membership in 2000–01. This could inflate the denominator for the AFGR slightly.
NOTE: The averaged freshman graduation rate (AFGR) is an estimate of the percentage of an entering freshman class graduating in 4 years. For 2004–05, it equals the total number of diploma recipients in 2004–05 divided by the average membership of the 8th-grade class in 2000–01, the 9th-grade class in 2001–02, and the 10th-grade class in 2002–03.
SOURCE: Sable, J., and Garofano, A. (2007). Public Elementary and Secondary School Student Enrollment, High School Completions, and Staff From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2005–06 (NCES 2007-352), table 4.

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