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Table 1.  Public high school number of graduates, Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR), and estimated first-time 9th-graders, by state or jurisdiction: School year 2008–09
 
State or jurisdiction 2008–09 school year Estimated first-time 9th-graders in 2005–061
Number of graduates   AFGR2   Average 8th-grade enrollment base, 2004–05 9th-grade enrollment base, 2005–06 10th-grade enrollment base, 2006–07
Total3  3,039,015 4  75.5 4  4,024,345 3,851,398 4,316,179 3,905,449  
                   
Alabama  42,082   69.9   60,169 59,286 65,357 55,864  
Alaska  8,008   72.6   11,034 10,857 11,405 10,839  
Arizona  62,374   72.5   85,984 78,952 99,058 79,943  
Arkansas  28,057   74.0   37,912 37,447 39,013 37,277  
California  372,310 5  71.0 5  524,273 503,027 551,379 518,412  
                   
Colorado  47,459   77.6   61,162 59,397 63,818 60,272  
Connecticut  34,968   75.4   46,374 45,072 49,070 44,980  
Delaware  7,839   73.7   10,634 10,494 11,638 9,770  
District of Columbia  3,517   62.4   5,635 5,533 6,653 4,720  
Florida  153,461   68.9   222,578 209,559 245,587 212,588  
                   
Georgia  88,003   67.8   129,797 122,432 145,243 121,715  
Hawaii  11,508   75.3   15,292 14,439 17,184 14,254  
Idaho  16,807   80.6   20,850 20,299 21,564 20,688  
Illinois  131,670   77.7   169,361 162,227 179,742 166,115  
Indiana  63,663   75.2   84,649 82,728 88,563 82,655  
                   
Iowa  33,926   85.7   39,571 38,097 41,059 39,556  
Kansas  30,368   80.2   37,847 37,083 39,665 36,794  
Kentucky  41,851   77.6   53,909 51,591 58,196 51,940  
Louisiana  35,622   67.3   52,954 60,194 53,087 45,580  
Maine  14,093 4  79.9 4  16,166 16,850 16,088 15,559  
                   
Maryland  58,304   80.1   72,759 69,567 79,788 68,921  
Massachusetts  65,258   83.3   78,386 76,831 82,861 75,465  
Michigan  112,742   75.3   149,640 141,599 161,219 146,102  
Minnesota  59,729   87.4   68,329 66,016 69,339 69,631  
Mississippi  24,505   62.0   39,536 40,155 42,195 36,258  
                   
Missouri  62,969   83.1   75,801 73,619 80,473 73,311  
Montana  10,077   82.0   12,291 12,045 12,803 12,024  
Nebraska  19,501   82.9   23,522 22,267 24,953 23,346  
Nevada  19,904 5  56.3 5  35,336 32,516 39,518 33,973  
New Hampshire  14,757   84.3   17,510 17,293 18,323 16,914  
                   
New Jersey  95,085   85.3   111,411 109,253 115,100 109,880  
New Mexico  17,931   64.8   27,675 26,211 30,026 26,787  
New York  180,917   73.5   245,982 226,482 267,615 243,848  
North Carolina  86,712   75.1   115,487 109,979 128,333 108,148  
North Dakota  7,232   87.4   8,270 8,127 8,484 8,199  
                   
Ohio  122,203   79.6   153,528 147,161 165,999 147,424  
Oklahoma  37,219   77.3   48,143 47,618 50,367 46,444  
Oregon  35,138   76.5   45,944 44,886 46,351 46,594  
Pennsylvania  130,658   80.5   162,243 151,746 165,003 169,979  
Rhode Island  10,028   75.3   13,313 12,783 14,193 12,964  
                   
South Carolina  39,114   66.0   59,274 56,641 66,201 54,981  
South Dakota  8,123   81.7   9,943 9,715 10,314 9,799  
Tennessee  60,368   77.4   77,980 74,379 82,641 76,920  
Texas  264,275   75.4   350,368 329,214 394,739 327,151  
Utah  30,463   79.4   38,366 37,674 38,628 38,795  
                   
Vermont  7,209   89.6   8,048 7,864 8,337 7,944  
Virginia  79,651   78.4   101,607 96,540 110,021 98,259  
Washington  62,764   73.7   85,123 80,918 90,091 84,361  
West Virginia  17,690   77.0   22,983 22,582 24,712 21,654  
Wisconsin  65,410   90.7   72,089 67,168 76,674 72,425  
Wyoming  5,493   75.2   7,307 6,985 7,509 7,427  
Department of Defense dependents schools, Bureau of Indian Education, and other jurisdictions 
DoDDS: DoDs Overseas6      4,207 4,712 4,476 3,433  
DDESS: DoDs Domestic6      997 1,409 975 607  
Bureau of Indian Education      3,707 4,888  
American Samoa      1,184 1,119 1,315 1,119  
Guam      2,372 3,164  
Commonwealth of the                   
Northern Marianas Islands      913 840 1,045 855  
Puerto Rico  29,286   67.2   43,594 44,767 43,328 42,686  
U.S. Virgin Islands  940   63.1   1,490 1,302 1,911 1,256  
— Not available. State or jurisdiction did not report diploma count.
1 The enrollment base for estimated first-time 9th-graders for the rate was estimated as the average of student membership in grades 8, 9,and 10 in 3 consecutive years.
2 AFGR is an estimate of the percentage of an entering freshman class graduating in 4 years. For 2008–09, it equals the total number of diploma recipients in 2008–09 divided by the average membership of the 8th-grade class in 2004–05, the 9th-grade class in 2005–06, andthe 10th-grade class in 2006–07.
3 Totals include the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
4 Maine reported 1,169 diplomas that were awarded to students attending private high schools that received a majority of their funding from public sources. These 1,169 diplomas were included in the Maine and the Total counts but were not included in the AFGR calculations for Maine and for the Total AFGR. The diploma counts used to calculate the AFGR for Maine and for the reporting states were 12,924 and 3,036,757, respectively.
5 Due to item non-response, data for California and Nevada were imputed based on prior year reported data.
6 DoDDS and DDESS are the Department of Defense Overseas Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools, respectively.
NOTE: Ungraded students were allocated to individual grades proportional to each state's enrollment in those grades.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "NCES Common Core of Data State Dropout and Completion Data File," School Year 2008–09, Version 1a; "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education," 2004–05, Version 1f; 2005–06, Version 1b; 2006–07, Version 1c.


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