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A high school degree is critical for long-term educational and financial success. According to 2012 data from Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers without a high school diploma were 50% more likely to be unemployed that workers with a high school degree. Graduation rates also offer insight into how well a state prepares its students to transition to college and move into the workplace. 

The high school graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduate with a regular high school diploma within four years, after adjusting for students that transfer out or pass away. As such, this new measure accurately accounts for students who drop out or do not earn a regular high school diploma. The data represents a new, common metric that can be used by states, school districts and schools to meaningfully compare performance. 

High School Graduation Rate, 2011-2012 School Year

StateHigh School Graduation Rate (%)Rank
United States  —   
Alabama  75.0%  37 
Alaska  70.0%  43 
Arizona  76.0%  35 
Arkansas  84.0%  16 
California  78.0%  30 
Colorado  75.0%  37 
Connecticut  85.0%  12 
Delaware  80.0%  25 
District of Columbia  59.0%  48 
Florida  75.0%  37 
Georgia  70.0%  43 
Hawaii  82.0%  22 
Idaho  —  — 
Illinois  82.0%  22 
Indiana  86.0% 
Iowa  89.0% 
Kansas  85.0%  12 
Kentucky  —  — 
Louisiana  72.0%  42 
Maine  85.0%  12 
Maryland  84.0%  16 
Massachusetts  85.0%  12 
Michigan  76.0%  35 
Minnesota  78.0%  30 
Mississippi  75.0%  37 
Missouri  86.0% 
Montana  84.0%  16 
Nebraska  88.0% 
Nevada  63.0%  47 
New Hampshire  86.0% 
New Jersey  86.0% 
New Mexico  70.0%  43 
New York  77.0%  32 
North Carolina  80.0%  25 
North Dakota  87.0% 
Ohio  81.0%  24 
Oklahoma  —  — 
Oregon  68.0%  46 
Pennsylvania  84.0%  16 
Rhode Island  77.0%  32 
South Carolina  75.0%  37 
South Dakota  83.0%  20 
Tennessee  87.0% 
Texas  88.0% 
Utah  80.0%  25 
Vermont  88.0% 
Virginia  83.0%  20 
Washington  77.0%  32 
West Virginia  79.0%  28 
Wisconsin  88.0% 
Wyoming  79.0%  28 

Definition

Percentage of students who graduate high school in four years, from the adjusted cohort of the graduating class, 2011-2012 school year.

Source

“Four-Year Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, School Year 2011-12.” Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, 2013.

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