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High school graduation rates

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What information do you have on public high school graduation rates?

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This Fast Fact examines the percentage of public high school students who graduate on time, as measured by the adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR). State education agencies calculate the ACGR by identifying the "cohort" of first-time 9th-graders in a particular school year. The cohort is then adjusted by adding any students who transfer into the cohort after 9th grade and subtracting any students who transfer out, emigrate to another country, or die. The ACGR is the percentage of students in this adjusted cohort who graduate within 4 years with a regular high school diploma. The U.S. Department of Education first collected the ACGR in 201011.

The ACGR increased over the first 6 years it was collected, from 79 percent in 201011 to 84 percent in 201516. In other words, more than four out of five 9th-graders in 201213 had completed high school within 4 years by 201516. In 201516, the state-level ACGRs ranged from 69 percent in the District of Columbia to 91 percent in Iowa.1 More than two-thirds of states (36) reported graduation rates from 80 percent to less than 90 percent.2


Adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR) for public high school students, by state: 201516

The data in this figure is described in the surrounding text. /

Reporting standards not met. The Alabama State Department of Education indicated that its ACGR data were misstated. For more information, please see the following press release issued by the state: https://www.alsde.edu/sec/comm/News%20Releases/12-08-2016%20Graduation%20Rate%20Review.pdf.

NOTE:The ACGR is the percentage of public high school freshmen who graduate with a regular diploma within 4 years of starting 9th grade. The Bureau of Indian Education and Puerto Rico were not included in the U.S. 4-year ACGR estimate. The graduation rates displayed above have been rounded to whole numbers. Categorizations are based on unrounded percentages.


1 Alabama's data, including data by racial/ethnic groups, are not included in this indicator. The Alabama State Department of Education indicated that its ACGR data were misstated. For more information, please see the following press release issued by the state: https://www.alsde.edu/sec/comm/News%20Releases/12-08-2016%20Graduation%20Rate%20Review.pdf.

2 Based on unrounded graduation rates.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2018). The Condition of Education 2018 (NCES 2018-144), Public High School Graduation Rates.

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