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High School Graduation Rate
Definition

Percentage of students who graduate high school in four years, from the adjusted cohort of the graduating class, 2013-2014 school year.

Description

As the national economy continues to evolve, educational attainment has become more important than ever. According to data from Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for workers without a high school diploma was nine percent in 2014, compared to six percent for those with a high school degree. Graduation rates offer insight into how well a state prepares its students to transition to college and move into the workplace. In 2013-2014, 24 states reported graduation rates at or above 85%, an improvement from 18 states in 2012-2013.

To see the data disaggregated by race and ethnicity, click on the Data by Race tab below.

82.3% of United States students entering high school in the 2010-11 school year graduated in the class of 2014

High School Graduation Rate, 2013-2014 School Year

StateHigh School Graduation Rate (%)Rank
United States 82.3%
Alabama 86.3% 18
Alaska 71.1% 48
Arizona 75.7% 44
Arkansas 86.9% 15
California 81.0% 33
Colorado 77.3% 41
Connecticut 87.0% 13
Delaware 87.0% 13
District of Columbia 61.4% 51
Florida 76.1% 43
Georgia 72.5% 46
Hawaii 81.8% 30
Idaho 77.3% 41
Illinois 86.0% 20
Indiana 87.9% 7
Iowa 90.5% 1
Kansas 85.7% 21
Kentucky 87.5% 9
Louisiana 74.6% 45
Maine 86.5% 16
Maryland 86.4% 17
Massachusetts 86.1% 19
Michigan 78.6% 36
Minnesota 81.2% 32
Mississippi 77.6% 40
Missouri 87.3% 10
Montana 85.4% 23
Nebraska 89.7% 2
Nevada 70.0% 49
New Hampshire 88.1% 6
New Jersey 88.6% 3
New Mexico 68.5% 50
New York 77.8% 39
North Carolina 83.9% 26
North Dakota 87.2% 11
Ohio 81.8% 30
Oklahoma 82.7% 28
Oregon 72.0% 47
Pennsylvania 85.5% 22
Rhode Island 80.8% 34
South Carolina 80.1% 35
South Dakota 82.7% 28
Tennessee 87.2% 11
Texas 88.3% 5
Utah 83.9% 26
Vermont 87.8% 8
Virginia 85.3% 24
Washington 78.2% 38
West Virginia 84.5% 25
Wisconsin 88.6% 3
Wyoming 78.6% 36

High School Graduation Rate, by Race and Ethnicity

High School Graduation Rate (%)
StateWhiteBlackAsianNative AmericanHispanic
United States 87.2% 72.5% 89.4% 69.6% 76.3%
Alabama 87.8% 83.8% 91.0% 88.0% 85.0%
Alaska 78.5% 66.0% 74.0% 55.0% 70.0%
Arizona 82.3% 71.0% 83.0% 62.7% 70.3%
Arkansas 89.3% 81.0% 85.0% 86.0% 84.5%
California 88.0% 68.0% 91.8% 71.0% 77.0%
Colorado 83.2% 69.0% 84.0% 61.0% 66.7%
Connecticut 92.2% 78.6% 93.0% 85.0% 74.0%
Delaware 89.5% 83.0% 93.0% 89.0% 84.0%
District of Columbia 85.0% 59.7% 65.0%
Florida 81.7% 64.7% 89.2% 74.0% 75.0%
Georgia 79.7% 65.2% 82.8% 67.0% 64.0%
Hawaii 80.0% 76.0% 82.8% 72.0% 76.0%
Idaho 79.2% 75.0% 79.0% 56.0% 70.3%
Illinois 90.1% 77.2% 94.1% 82.0% 81.3%
Indiana 90.4% 75.0% 89.0% 84.0% 83.2%
Iowa 92.2% 79.0% 90.0% 78.0% 82.0%
Kansas 88.3% 77.0% 90.0% 76.0% 78.7%
Kentucky 88.7% 79.4% 89.0% 84.0% 84.0%
Louisiana 80.3% 67.9% 89.0% 80.0% 73.0%
Maine 87.0% 79.0% 95.0% 80.0% 72.0%
Maryland 91.9% 80.5% 94.9% 87.0% 77.5%
Massachusetts 90.9% 74.9% 91.9% 76.0% 69.2%
Michigan 82.9% 64.5% 88.7% 65.0% 68.8%
Minnesota 86.3% 60.4% 81.7% 51.0% 63.2%
Mississippi 84.0% 71.5% 89.0% 66.0% 80.0%
Missouri 90.4% 74.8% 90.0% 83.0% 80.0%
Montana 88.3% 89.0% 85.0% 65.0% 81.0%
Nebraska 92.8% 81.0% 78.0% 69.0% 82.8%
Nevada 76.9% 53.9% 83.0% 52.0% 64.6%
New Hampshire 88.6% 84.0% 90.0% 84.0% 77.0%
New Jersey 93.5% 78.9% 96.0% 86.0% 80.6%
New Mexico 74.7% 62.0% 84.0% 61.0% 66.9%
New York 88.0% 64.5% 83.6% 65.0% 63.9%
North Carolina 87.1% 79.9% 91.0% 79.0% 77.4%
North Dakota 90.2% 76.0% 85.0% 66.0% 74.0%
Ohio 86.6% 62.7% 88.0% 74.0% 69.2%
Oklahoma 84.8% 75.7% 88.0% 82.4% 77.6%
Oregon 74.3% 60.0% 83.0% 54.0% 65.0%
Pennsylvania 89.6% 72.3% 90.4% 82.0% 71.1%
Rhode Island 85.0% 72.0% 88.0% 57.0% 72.0%
South Carolina 82.8% 76.0% 88.0% 74.0% 77.0%
South Dakota 88.5% 73.0% 80.0% 47.0% 71.0%
Tennessee 90.9% 78.6% 93.0% 81.0% 81.4%
Texas 93.0% 84.2% 94.6% 87.0% 85.5%
Utah 86.6% 69.0% 85.0% 66.0% 72.9%
Vermont 88.6% 75.0% 90.0% 78.0%
Virginia 89.2% 78.5% 90.5% 75.9%
Washington 80.9% 68.0% 84.4% 57.0% 67.5%
West Virginia 84.7% 79.0% 95.0% 59.0% 89.0%
Wisconsin 92.9% 66.1% 90.0% 81.0% 78.1%
Wyoming 80.9% 69.0% 85.0% 47.0% 72.0%

"" indicates that no data is available.

Estimates for White students are generated for the White, non-Hispanic population. Likewise, estimates for Hispanic students include all students of Hispanic or Latino origin, regardless of race.

Change in High School Graduation Rate

High School Graduation Rate (%)
State2011201220132014
United States 79.0% 80.0% 81.0% 82.3%
Alabama 72.0% 75.0% 80.0% 86.3%
Alaska 68.0% 70.0% 71.8% 71.1%
Arizona 78.0% 76.0% 74.9% 75.7%
Arkansas 81.0% 84.0% 84.9% 86.9%
California 76.0% 79.0% 80.4% 81.0%
Colorado 74.0% 75.0% 76.9% 77.3%
Connecticut 83.0% 85.0% 85.5% 87.0%
Delaware 78.0% 80.0% 80.4% 87.0%
District of Columbia 59.0% 59.0% 62.3% 61.4%
Florida 71.0% 75.0% 75.6% 76.1%
Georgia 67.0% 70.0% 71.7% 72.5%
Hawaii 80.0% 81.0% 82.4% 81.8%
Idaho — * — * — * 77.3%
Illinois 84.0% 82.0% 83.2% 86.0%
Indiana 86.0% 86.0% 87.0% 87.9%
Iowa 88.0% 89.0% 89.7% 90.5%
Kansas 83.0% 85.0% 85.7% 85.7%
Kentucky — * — * 86.1% 87.5%
Louisiana 71.0% 72.0% 73.5% 74.6%
Maine 84.0% 85.0% 86.4% 86.5%
Maryland 83.0% 84.0% 85.0% 86.4%
Massachusetts 83.0% 85.0% 85.0% 86.1%
Michigan 74.0% 76.0% 77.0% 78.6%
Minnesota 77.0% 78.0% 79.8% 81.2%
Mississippi 75.0% 75.0% 75.5% 77.6%
Missouri 81.0% 84.0% 85.7% 87.3%
Montana 82.0% 84.0% 84.4% 85.4%
Nebraska 86.0% 88.0% 88.5% 89.7%
Nevada 62.0% 63.0% 70.7% 70.0%
New Hampshire 86.0% 86.0% 87.3% 88.1%
New Jersey 83.0% 86.0% 87.5% 88.6%
New Mexico 63.0% 70.0% 70.3% 68.5%
New York 77.0% 77.0% 76.8% 77.8%
North Carolina 78.0% 80.0% 82.5% 83.9%
North Dakota 86.0% 87.0% 87.5% 87.2%
Ohio 80.0% 81.0% 82.1% 81.8%
Oklahoma — * — * 84.8% 82.7%
Oregon 68.0% 68.0% 68.7% 72.0%
Pennsylvania 83.0% 84.0% 86.0% 85.5%
Rhode Island 77.0% 77.0% 79.7% 80.8%
South Carolina 74.0% 75.0% 77.6% 80.1%
South Dakota 83.0% 83.0% 82.7% 82.7%
Tennessee 86.0% 87.0% 86.3% 87.2%
Texas 86.0% 88.0% 88.0% 88.3%
Utah 76.0% 80.0% 83.0% 83.9%
Vermont 87.0% 88.0% 86.6% 87.8%
Virginia 82.0% 83.0% 84.5% 85.3%
Washington 76.0% 77.0% 76.4% 78.2%
West Virginia 76.0% 79.0% 81.4% 84.5%
Wisconsin 87.0% 88.0% 88.0% 88.6%
Wyoming 80.0% 79.0% 77.0% 78.6%

Definition

Percentage of students who graduate high school in four years, from the adjusted cohort of the graduating class, 2013-2014 school year.

Source

Four-Year Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, School Year 2013-14. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, 2015.

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