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Educational Outcomes


Graduates

About 3,252,000 high school students are expected to graduate during the 2010–11 school year, including 2,937,000 public school graduates and 315,000 private school graduates. High school graduates include only recipients of diplomas, not recipients of equivalency credentials. The 2010–11 projection of high school graduates is lower than the record-high projection of 3,319,000 graduates for 2008–09, but exceeds the high point during the baby boom era in 1975–76, when 3,142,000 students earned diplomas.

The averaged freshman graduation rate is an estimate of the percentage of students in the incoming freshman class who graduate 4 years later. In 2007–08, the averaged freshman graduation rate was 74.7 percent for public schools. The 2007–08 averaged freshman graduation rate was 3.4 percentage points higher than the rate in 1997–98 (71.3 percent), and about 0.5 percentage points higher than the rate in 1987–88 (74.2 percent).


Table 26. High school graduates, by control of school and averaged freshman graduation rate for public schools: Selected school years, 1975–76 through 2010–11
 
School year  High school graduates,
in thousands
Averaged
freshman
graduation
rate for
public schools
(percent)
Total Public Private
1975–76 3,142 2,837 305 74.9
1979–80 3,042 2,748 295 71.5
1987–881 2,773 2,500 273 74.2
1989–901 2,574 2,320 254 73.6
1994–95 2,519 2,274 246 71.8
1997–98 2,704 2,439 265 71.3
1999–20001 2,833 2,554 279 71.7
2000–01 2,848 2,569 279 71.7
2002–03 3,016 2,720 296 73.9
2003–041 3,054 2,753 301 74.3
2004–05 3,106 2,799 307 74.7
2005–061 3,123 2,816 307 73.4
2006–07 3,199 2,892 307 73.9
2007–081 3,314 3,000 314 74.7
2008–092 3,319 3,005 314 74.7
2009–102 3,306 2,991 315 75.6
20010–112 3,252 2,937 315
— Not available.
1 Private high school data are estimated.
2 Projected.
NOTE: Graduates include diploma recipients only and exclude other completers. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.