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Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 19722008

NCES 2011-012
December 2010


Table 12. Averaged freshman graduation rate of public high school students, by state: School year 200708


State Averaged freshman graduation rate (percent) Regular diplomas, school year 2007–08 Estimated first-time 9th-graders, school year 2004–051 Grade 10 membership, school year 2005–06 Grade 9 membership, school year 2004–05 Grade 8 membership, school year 2003–04
             
Reporting states2,3 74.9 2,964,371 3,958,987 3,841,810 4,247,085 3,788,070
             
Alabama 69.0 41,346 59,954 55,630 64,569 59,663
Alaska 69.1 7,855 11,370 11,035 11,934 11,140
Arizona 70.7 61,667 87,280 92,763 92,275 76,801
Arkansas 76.4 28,725 37,612 37,390 38,359 37,087
California 71.2 374,561 526,251 519,879 554,174 504,701
             
Colorado 75.4 46,082 61,102 59,962 64,446 58,897
Connecticut 82.2 38,419 46,766 45,266 49,177 45,854
Delaware 72.1 7,388 10,250 9,279 11,249 10,222
District of Columbia 56.0 3,352 5,986 5,775 6,700 5,484
Florida 66.9 149,046 222,755 212,560 250,263 205,443
             
Georgia 65.4 83,505 127,610 120,058 142,079 120,694
Hawaii 76.0 11,613 15,278 14,292 16,991 14,549
Idaho 80.1 16,567 20,681 20,609 21,344 20,091
Illinois 80.4 135,143 168,121 165,513 178,280 160,570
Indiana 74.1 61,901 83,516 81,090 87,829 81,629
             
Iowa 86.4 34,573 40,022 40,151 41,196 38,719
Kansas 79.1 30,737 38,863 38,252 40,557 37,781
Kentucky 74.4 39,339 52,910 50,700 57,419 50,611
Louisiana 63.5 34,401 54,162 43,292 59,182 60,013
Maine3 79.1 14,350 16,672 15,926 16,766 17,323
             
Maryland 80.4 59,171 73,556 70,031 81,270 69,368
Massachusetts 81.5 65,197 79,984 76,688 84,628 78,635
Michigan 76.3 115,183 150,960 146,291 163,124 143,465
Minnesota 86.4 60,409 69,904 71,051 70,751 67,909
Mississippi 63.9 24,795 38,812 35,868 41,261 39,306
             
Missouri 82.4 61,717 74,922 73,142 78,748 72,876
Montana 82.0 10,396 12,673 12,344 13,238 12,438
Nebraska 83.8 20,035 23,906 23,713 25,214 22,792
Nevada 51.3 17,149 33,403 32,665 36,105 31,440
New Hampshire 83.4 14,982 17,974 17,529 18,644 17,750
             
New Jersey 84.6 94,994 112,326 111,155 116,702 109,120
New Mexico 66.8 18,264 27,355 26,075 30,134 25,857
New York 70.8 176,310 248,854 243,322 273,438 229,801
North Carolina 72.8 83,307 114,447 108,210 126,414 108,717
North Dakota 83.8 6,999 8,351 8,261 8,547 8,245
             
Ohio 79.0 120,758 152,906 145,999 165,656 147,064
Oklahoma 78.0 37,630 48,270 46,834 50,404 47,572
Oregon 76.7 34,949 45,549 44,921 46,785 44,941
Pennsylvania 82.7 130,298 157,530 157,058 164,389 151,144
Rhode Island 76.4 10,347 13,539 13,007 14,591 13,018
             
South Carolina 56,742 51,277 65,564 53,384
South Dakota 84.4 8,582 10,168 10,046 10,377 10,082
Tennessee 74.9 57,486 76,789 74,717 82,168 73,481
Texas 73.1 252,121 344,696 323,524 386,182 324,381
Utah 74.3 28,167 37,894 38,319 38,069 37,295
             
Vermont 89.3 7,392 8,275 8,152 8,552 8,121
Virginia 77.0 77,369 100,512 96,546 109,375 95,615
Washington 71.9 61,625 85,674 84,945 89,802 82,274
West Virginia 77.3 17,489 22,623 21,415 24,199 22,256
Wisconsin 89.6 65,183 72,748 73,409 76,173 68,663
Wyoming 76.0 5,494 7,226 7,150 7,355 7,173
— Not available.
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 any of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that reported all data elements.
3 Maine reported 1,161 diplomas that were awarded to students attending private high schools that received a majority of their funding from public sources. These 1,161 diplomas were included in Maine and the reporting states counts but were not included in the averaged freshman graduation rate (AFGR) calculations for the state and for the reporting states totals. The diploma counts used to calculate the AFGR for Maine and for the United States were 13,189 and 2,964,125, respectively.
NOTE: The averaged freshman graduation rate (AFGR) is an estimate of the percentage of an entering freshman class graduating in 4 years. For 2007–08, it equals the total number of diploma recipients in 2007–08 divided by the average membership of the 8th-grade class in 2003–04, the 9th-grade class in 2004–05, and the 10th-grade class in 2005–06. Ungraded students were allocated to individual grades proportionally to the reported enrollments by grade. The sum of the estimated first-time 9th-graders is not equal to the total because the sum of averages is not equal to the average of sums.
SOURCE: Stillwell, R. (2010). Public School Graduates and Dropouts From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2007–08 (NCES 2010-341), table 1.

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