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

NCES 2011-012
December 2010


Table 13. Averaged freshman graduation rates of public high school students and change in rates, by state: School years 200102 through 200708


  Averaged freshman graduation rate (percent)   Change in rates
from 2006–07
to 2007–08
State 2001
–02
2002
–03
2003
–04
  2004
–05
2005
–06
  2006
–07
2007
–08
 
                       
Reporting states1 72.6 73.9 75.0 2 74.7 73.2 3 73.9 74.9 4 1.0
                       
Alabama 62.1 64.7 65.0   65.9 66.2   67.1 69.0   1.9
Alaska 65.9 68.0 67.2   64.1 66.5   69.1 69.1   0.0
Arizona 74.7 75.9 66.8   84.7 70.5   69.6 70.7   1.1
Arkansas 74.8 76.6 76.8   75.7 80.4   74.4 76.4   2.0
California 72.7 74.1 73.9   74.6 69.2   70.7 71.2   0.5
                       
Colorado 74.7 76.4 78.7   76.7 75.5   76.6 75.4   -1.2
Connecticut 79.7 80.9 80.7   80.9 80.9   81.8 82.2   0.4
Delaware 69.5 73.0 72.9   73.1 76.3   71.9 72.1   0.2
District of Columbia 68.4 59.6 68.2   68.8   54.9 56.0   1.1
Florida 63.4 66.7 66.4   64.6 63.6   65.0 66.9   1.9
                       
Georgia 61.1 60.8 61.2   61.7 62.4   64.1 65.4   1.3
Hawaii 72.1 71.3 72.6   75.1 75.5   75.4 76.0   0.6
Idaho 79.3 81.4 81.5   81.0 80.5   80.4 80.1   -0.3
Illinois 77.1 75.9 80.3   79.4 79.7   79.5 80.4   0.9
Indiana 73.1 75.5 73.5   73.2 73.3   73.9 74.1   0.2
                       
Iowa 84.1 85.3 85.8   86.6 86.9   86.5 86.4   -0.1
Kansas 77.1 76.9 77.9   79.2 77.6   78.9 79.1   0.2
Kentucky 69.8 71.7 73.0   75.9 77.2   76.4 74.4   -2.0
Louisiana 64.4 64.1 69.4   63.9 59.5   61.3 63.5   2.2
Maine 75.6 76.3 77.6   78.6 76.3   78.5 79.1 4 0.6
                       
Maryland 79.7 79.2 79.5   79.3 79.9   80.0 80.4   0.4
Massachusetts 77.6 75.7 79.3   78.7 79.5   80.8 81.5   0.7
Michigan 72.9 74.0 72.5   73.0 72.2   77.0 76.3   -0.7
Minnesota 83.9 84.8 84.7   85.9 86.2   86.5 86.4   -0.1
Mississippi 61.2 62.7 62.7   63.3 63.5   63.6 63.9   0.3
                       
Missouri 76.8 78.3 80.4   80.6 81.0   81.9 82.4   0.5
Montana 79.8 81.0 80.4   81.5 81.9   81.5 82.0   0.5
Nebraska 83.9 85.2 87.6   87.8 87.0   86.3 83.8   -2.5
Nevada 71.9 72.3 57.4   55.8 55.8   52.0 51.3   -0.7
New Hampshire5 77.8 78.2 78.7   80.1 81.1   81.7 83.4   1.7
                       
New Jersey 85.8 87.0 86.3   85.1 84.8   84.4 84.6   0.2
New Mexico 67.4 63.1 67.0   65.4 67.3   59.1 66.8   7.7
New York 60.5 60.9   65.3 67.4   68.8 70.8   2.0
North Carolina 68.2 70.1 71.4   72.6 71.8   68.6 72.8   4.2
North Dakota 85.0 86.4 86.1   86.3 82.1   83.1 83.8   0.7
                       
Ohio 77.5 79.0 81.3   80.2 79.2   78.7 79.0   0.3
Oklahoma 76.0 76.0 77.0   76.9 77.8   77.8 78.0   0.2
Oregon 71.0 73.7 74.2   74.2 73.0   73.8 76.7   2.9
Pennsylvania 80.2 81.7 82.2   82.5   83.0 82.7   -0.3
Rhode Island 75.7 77.7 75.9   78.4 77.8   78.4 76.4   -2.0
                       
South Carolina 57.9 59.7 60.6   60.1   58.9  
South Dakota 79.0 83.0 83.7   82.3 84.5   82.5 84.4   1.9
Tennessee 59.6 63.4 66.1   68.5 70.6   72.6 74.9   2.3
Texas 73.5 75.5 76.7   74.0 72.5   71.9 73.1   1.2
Utah 80.5 80.2 83.0   84.4 78.6   76.6 74.3   -2.3
                       
Vermont 82.0 83.6 85.4   86.5 82.3   88.6 89.3   0.7
Virginia 76.7 80.6 79.3   79.6 74.5   75.5 77.0   1.5
Washington 72.2 74.2 74.6   75.0 72.9   74.8 71.9   -2.9
West Virginia 74.2 75.7 76.9   77.3 76.9   78.2 77.3   -0.9
Wisconsin 84.8 85.8   86.7 87.5   88.5 89.6   1.1
Wyoming 74.4 73.9 76.0   76.7 76.1   75.8 76.0   0.2
— Not available.
‡ Reporting standards not met. (Too few cases for a reliable estimate.)
1 Reporting states totals include any of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that reported all data elements.
2 The national estimate of 75.0 percent for 2003–04 does not include data from two states with missing diploma counts: New York and Wisconsin.
3 The national estimate of 73.2 percent for 2005–06 does not include data from two states, Pennsylvania and South Carolina, which did not report data, and the District of Columbia, for which reporting standards were not met. This is an important consideration when comparing the 2005–06 and 2006–07 national rates. Removing these states and the District of Columbia from the 2006–07 national counts results in a national rate of 73.7 percent, while prorating the 2006–07 rates to estimate the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina data results in a 2005–06 rate of 73.4 percent.
4 In 2007–08, 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 reporting states were 13,189 and 2,964,125, respectively.
5 New Hampshire included homeschooled students in reported membership in 2000–01. This could inflate the denominator for the AFGR in 2002–03, 2003–04, and 2004–05 slightly.
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.
SOURCE: Seastrom, M., Hoffman, L., Chapman, C., and Stillwell, R. (2005). The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Public High Schools From the Common Core of Data: School Years 2001–02 and 2002–03 (NCES 2006-601), table 1; Seastrom, M., Hoffman, L., Chapman, C., and Stillwell, R. (2007). The Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate for Public High Schools From the Common Core of Data: School Years 2002–03 and 2003–04 (NCES 2006-606rev), table 1; 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; Stillwell, R. and Hoffman, L. (2009). Public School Graduates and Dropouts From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2005–06 (NCES 2008-353rev), table 1; Stillwell, R. (2009). Public School Graduates and Dropouts From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2006–07 (NCES 2010-313), table 1. 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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