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Dropout Rates in the United States: 2005
NCES 2007-059
June 2007

Table 13.  Averaged freshman graduation rates of public high school students and change in rates, by state: School years 200102, 200203, 200304, and change from 200102 to 200304

State Averaged freshman graduation rate Change in rates from
2001–02 to 2003–04
2001–02 2002–03 2003–04
         
United States 72.6 73.9 75.011 2.4
         
Alabama 62.1 64.7 65.0 2.9
Alaska 65.9 68.0 67.2 1.3
Arizona 74.7 75.9 66.8 –7.9
Arkansas 74.8 76.6 76.8 1.9
California 72.7 74.1 73.9 1.2
         
Colorado 74.7 76.4 78.7 4.0
Connecticut 79.7 80.9 80.7 1.0
Delaware 69.5 73.0 72.9 3.4
District of Columbia 68.4 59.6 68.2 –0.2
Florida 63.4 66.7 66.4 3.0
         
Georgia 61.1 60.8 61.2 0.1
Hawaii 72.1 71.3 72.6 0.6
Idaho 79.3 81.4 81.5 2.2
Illinois 77.1 75.9 80.3 3.2
Indiana 73.1 75.5 73.5 0.4
         
Iowa 84.1 85.3 85.8 1.7
Kansas 77.1 76.9 77.9 0.8
Kentucky 69.8 71.7 73.0 3.3
Louisiana 64.4 64.1 69.4 5.0
Maine 75.6 76.3 77.6 2.0
         
Maryland 79.7 79.2 79.5 –0.2
Massachusetts 77.6 75.7 79.3 1.6
Michigan 72.9 74.0 72.5 –0.4
Minnesota 83.9 84.8 84.7 0.8
Mississippi 61.2 62.7 62.7 1.5
         
Missouri 76.8 78.3 80.4 3.6
Montana 79.8 81.0 80.4 0.6
Nebraska 83.9 85.2 87.6 3.7
Nevada 71.9 72.3 57.4 –14.5
New Hampshire 77.8 78.2 78.7 0.9
         
New Jersey 85.8 87.0 86.3 0.5
New Mexico 67.4 63.1 67.0 –0.4
New York 60.5 60.9
North Carolina 68.2 70.1 71.4 3.2
North Dakota 85.0 86.4 86.1 1.1
     
Ohio 77.5 79.0 81.3 3.8
Oklahoma 76.0 76.0 77.0 1.1
Oregon 71.0 73.7 74.2 3.2
Pennsylvania 80.2 81.7 82.2 1.9
Rhode Island 75.7 77.7 75.9 0.2
     
South Carolina 57.9 59.7 60.6 2.7
South Dakota 79.0 83.0 83.7 4.7
Tennessee 59.6 63.4 66.1 6.5
Texas 73.5 75.5 76.7 3.2
Utah 80.5 80.2 83.0 2.5
     
Vermont 82.0 83.6 85.4 3.4
Virginia 76.7 80.6 79.3 2.6
Washington 72.2 74.2 74.6 2.4
West Virginia 74.2 75.7 76.9 2.7
Wisconsin 84.8 85.8
Wyoming 74.4 73.9 76.0 1.6
— Not available.
1 The national estimate of 75.0 percent does not include data from two states with missing diploma counts: New York and Wisconsin. When the national estimate is adjusted to account for missing information for these two states by using the 2002–03 rates for these states, the adjusted national rate is 74.3 percent.
NOTE: The averaged freshman graduation rate provides an estimate of the percentage of public high school students who graduate with a regular diploma 4 years after starting 9th grade. The rate uses aggregate student enrollment data to estimate the size of an incoming freshman class and aggregate counts of the number of diplomas awarded 4 years later. The incoming freshman class size is estimated by summing the enrollment in 8th grade for one year, 9th grade for the next year, and 10th grade for the year after and then dividing by 3. For this table, enrollments for school years 1997–99 through 2001–02 and diploma recipients for school years 2001–02, 2002–03, and 2003–04 were used. Ungraded students were allocated to individual grades proportionally to the reported enrollments by grade.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data: State Non–Fiscal Data Files. 1997–98 Version 1b, 1998–99 Version 1c, 1999–2000 Version 1c, 2000–01 Version 1b, 2001–02 Version 1b, 2002–03 Version 1b, 2003–04 Version 0c, and 2004–05 Version 0c; and Seastrom, M., Hoffman, L., Chapman, C., and Stillwell, R. (2006c). 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).

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