High school graduation rates by state

The national high school graduation rate sits at 84.6%, with average state graduation rates for 2016-2017 ranging from 72% to 94%, according to data reported by 16,404 ranked schools in the 2019 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings.


As the national high school graduation rate continues to rise – up 0.5 percentage points over the prior year per data from the National Center for Education Statistics – disparities persist as the graduation rates for Asian and Pacific Islanders and white students continue to outpace the graduation rates of Hispanic, black, Native American and Alaska Native students, according to NCES.


Likewise, graduation rates among students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students are on the rise, while the graduation rate for students with limited English proficiency fell 0.4 percentage points over the prior year.


The average graduation rate for each state. Arizona and New Mexico have the lowest average graduation rates at 72%, while Iowa, Kentucky and Nebraska have the highest at 94%. U.S. News collected graduation rates for the Best High Schools rankings from officials in each state. The rates correspond to the 2017 graduation cohort, which is made up of students who entered ninth grade in the 2013-2014 school year.


The number of schools that reported graduation rate data in each state ranges from 30 in the District of Columbia to 1,578 in California. While no state had a 100% average graduation rate, some individual schools reached 100% for the class of 2017. Texas has the highest number of schools with a 100% graduation rate by a large margin – 269 schools – followed by North Carolina with 67 schools. There are seven states where no high schools graduated 100% of students, according to the data collected for the 2019 rankings.


For more information, visit usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/articles/see-high-school-graduation-rates-by-state.

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