Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010

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Table 18.2.

Averaged freshman graduation rate for public high school students and number of graduates, by race/ethnicity: School year 200607

  Averaged freshman
graduation rate (AFGR)
of graduates
Total 73.9 2,892,351
White 80.3 1,723,915
Black 60.3 374,075
Hispanic 62.3 376,396
Asian/Pacific Islander 91.4 138,589
American Indian/Alaska Native 61.3 29,724
NOTE: New York and Kentucky did not report graduate counts by race/ethnicity, and race/ethnicity graduate counts for the District of Columbia were suppressed due to inaccuracy. Data for these states were used in the calculation of the totals, but are not included in the race/ethnicity categories. In addition, the AFGR could not be calculated by race/ethnicity for Nevada as enrollments by race/ethnicity were not reported for the 2004–05 school year. Data for Nevada are included in the totals and the number of graduates by race/ethnicity, but are not included in the AFGR by race/ethnicity. As a result, the sum of the number of graduates in each racial/ethnic group does not equal the total number of graduates. For more information, see Appendix A: Guide to Sources. The AFGR is an estimate of the percentage of an entering freshman class that graduates within 4 years. For 2006–07, it equals the total number of diploma recipients in 2006–07 divided by the average membership of the 8th-grade class in 2002–03, the 9th-grade class in 2003–04, and the 10th-grade class in 2004–05. Ungraded students were allocated to individual grades proportional to each state's enrollment in those grades. Graduates include only those who earned regular diplomas or diplomas for Advanced academic achievement (e.g., honors diploma) as defined by the state or jurisdiction. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Common Core of Data (CCD), "NCES Common Core of Data State Dropout and Completion Data File," school year 2006–07, version 1a.