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Digest of Education Statistics: 2008
Digest of Education Statistics: 2008

NCES 2009-020
March 2009


Table 202. Graduation rates of previous year†s 12th-graders and college attendance rates of those who graduated, by selected high school characteristics: 1999–2000 and 2003–04
Selected high school characteristic For 1998–99 school year College attendance rate of 1998–99 graduates in 1999–2000 For 2002–03 school year College attendance rate of 2002–03 graduates in 2003–04
Number of
high schools
with 12th-graders
Graduation rate
of 12th-graders1 
Total 4-year institutions 2-year institutions Number of
high schools
with 12th-graders
Graduation rate
of 12th-graders1 
Total 4-year institutions 2-year institutions
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Public high schools 20,000 (230) 91.4 (0.32) 66.8 (0.41) 42.9 (0.47) 24.0 (0.30) 22,500 (400) 89.8 (0.50) 72.3 (0.39) 44.1 (0.62) 28.2 (0.59)
Percent minority students                                        
Less than 5 percent 6,400 (170) 94.9 (0.28) 65.5 (0.75) 45.8 (0.74) 19.7 (0.43) 6,100 (220) 92.7 (1.41) 70.4 (0.84) 45.6 (0.89) 24.8 (0.60)
5 to 19 percent 4,800 (180) 93.6 (0.34) 68.4 (0.80) 45.9 (0.89) 22.5 (0.53) 5,200 (270) 92.0 (1.12) 75.4 (0.71) 50.1 (1.05) 25.4 (0.74)
20 to 49 percent 4,000 (170) 91.3 (0.45) 67.0 (0.93) 41.8 (0.88) 25.2 (0.70) 4,700 (180) 90.8 (0.68) 72.1 (0.80) 43.7 (1.09) 28.4 (1.07)
50 percent or more 4,800 (150) 86.7 (1.00) 66.1 (0.82) 38.2 (1.01) 27.9 (0.79) 6,500 (280) 85.5 (1.01) 71.0 (1.09) 38.3 (1.35) 32.7 (1.21)
Community type                                        
Central city 3,600 (150) 87.9 (0.80) 69.3 (0.86) 43.8 (1.00) 25.5 (0.80) 4,400 (260) 85.9 (1.08) 73.3 (1.00) 45.6 (1.41) 27.7 (1.14)
Urban fringe/large town 7,900 (170) 92.6 (0.36) 68.8 (0.70) 44.3 (0.66) 24.5 (0.43) 9,400 (300) 90.9 (0.78) 74.5 (0.46) 45.5 (0.89) 29.0 (0.84)
Rural/small town 8,500 (180) 93.0 (0.44) 59.3 (0.54) 38.3 (0.52) 21.0 (0.40) 8,700 (290) 92.7 (0.43) 65.0 (0.59) 38.1 (0.68) 26.9 (0.54)
                                         
Private high schools 7,600 (240) 99.1 (0.11) 89.5 (0.62) 76.5 (0.87) 13.0 (0.48) 8,200 (260) 98.2 (0.27) 92.8 (0.63) 79.5 (1.12) 13.3 (0.73)
Percent minority students                                        
Less than 5 percent 2,700 (150) 98.5 (0.41) 86.4 (0.99) 71.5 (1.52) 14.9 (1.08) 2,500 (180) 97.2 (0.87) 89.0 (1.77) 73.8 (2.86) 15.3 (1.60)
5 to 19 percent 2,500 (130) 99.4 (0.08) 91.5 (0.91) 81.3 (1.13) 10.2 (0.58) 2,900 (170) 99.0 (0.18) 94.1 (0.70) 82.6 (1.58) 11.5 (1.18)
20 to 49 percent 1,400 (100) 99.0 (0.15) 92.7 (0.89) 79.0 (1.55) 13.6 (1.47) 1,700 (140) 97.6 (0.43) 94.7 (1.06) 83.4 (1.94) 11.3 (1.45)
50 percent or more 1,000 (110) 99.0 (0.29) 84.0 (3.08) 66.6 (4.69) 17.4 (2.10) 1,100 (140) 97.9 (0.48) 92.4 (1.67) 73.2 (2.91) 19.2 (2.34)
Community type                                        
Central city 2,900 (150) 99.0 (0.20) 90.7 (0.79) 78.0 (1.30) 12.6 (0.76) 2,500 (180) 97.9 (0.53) 94.0 (1.01) 81.9 (1.70) 12.1 (1.05)
Urban fringe/large town 2,900 (150) 99.3 (0.09) 90.1 (0.86) 76.9 (1.31) 13.1 (0.82) 4,000 (220) 98.3 (0.26) 92.5 (0.72) 79.2 (1.27) 13.3 (1.03)
Rural/small town 1,800 (140) 98.5 (0.33) 80.5 (2.40) 66.3 (2.63) 14.2 (1.48) 1,700 (150) 98.5 (0.34) 89.5 (1.87) 71.3 (3.82) 18.2 (2.81)
1 Includes only students who were enrolled in 12th grade in fall of the school year and graduated with a diploma by the end of the following summer.
NOTE: Data are based on a sample survey and may not be strictly comparable with data reported elsewhere. Includes all schools, including combined schools, with students enrolled in the 12th grade. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Questionnaire," 1999–2000 and 2003–04, "Private School Questionnaire," 1999–2000 and 2003–04, and "Charter School Questionnaire," 1999–2000. (This table was prepared August 2006.)