New High School Graduation Measures for the 2010-11 Academic Year

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National Analysis

  • The U.S. Department of Education has released a state-by-state list detailing high school graduation rates for the 2010-11 academic year using a new, more rigorous, uniform four-year adjusted method.
  • The nation’s governors first developed the new method in 2005 through an interstate compact. States report the percentage of first-time ninth-graders who earn a diploma within four years (called a cohort measure).
  • Iowa holds the top spot with a graduation rate of 88 percent, while Wisconsin and Vermont shared the second-highest rate with 87 percent. Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas followed with an 86 percent graduation rate, while Illinois closed out the top 10 states with an 84 percent graduation rate.
  • Asian students topped the graduation rates by demographic, with 79 percent of students finishing high school within four years. White students followed with a 76 percent graduation rate, black students with 60 percent and Latino students with 58 percent.

Regional Analysis:

  • CSG’s Eastern region had an average graduation rate of 82 percent, which places it one percentage point behind CSG’s Midwestern region, which had the highest average graduation rate of any CSG region at 83 percent.
  • Vermont holds the top spot in the region with a graduation rate of 87 percent. New Hampshire followed at second with an 86 percent rate.
  • New York and Rhode Island had the lowest graduation rates in the region; both states achieved a 77 percent rate. 
  • Asian students topped the graduation rates by demographic in the region, with 88 percent of students finishing high school within four years. White students followed with an 87 percent graduation rate, black students with 71 percent and Latino students with 70 percent.

  • CSG’s Midwestern region had the highest average graduation rate of any CSG region at 83 percent.
  • Iowa holds the top spot—regionally and nationally—with a graduation rate of 88 percent, followed by Wisconsin at 87 percent, and Indiana, Nebraska and North Dakota at 86 percent.
  • Minnesota and Michigan had the lowest graduation rates in the region, with 77 and 74 percent respectively.
  • White students topped the graduation rates in the region by demographic, with 87 percent of students finishing high school within four years. Asian students followed with an 82 percent graduation rate, black students with 71 percent and Latino students with 67 percent.

  • CSG’s Southern region had an average graduation rate of 77 percent, falling below the Midwestern and Eastern regions, but above the Western region.
  • Tennessee and Texas tied for the top spot in the region with graduation rates of 86 percent, followed closely by Virginia at 82 percent, and Arkansas and Missouri at 81 percent.
  • Louisiana and Georgia had the lowest graduation rates in the region, with 71 and 67 percent respectively. 
  • Kentucky and Oklahoma did not report graduation rates for the academic year because the states have not fully implemented the new calculation method.
  • Asian students topped the graduation rates by demographic in the region, with 85 percent of students finishing high school within four years. White students followed with an 82 percent graduation rate, Latino students with 72 percent and black students with 69 percent.

  • CSG’s Western region had an average graduation rate of 74 percent for the 2010-11 academic year.
  • Montana holds the top spot in the region with a graduation rate of 82 percent, followed by Hawaii and Wyoming, both at 80 percent, and Arizona at 78 percent.
  • New Mexico and Nevada had the lowest graduation rates in the region, with 63 and 62 percent respectively.
  • Idaho did not report graduation rates for the academic year because the state has not fully implemented the new calculation method.
  • Asian students topped the graduation rates in the region by demographic, with 81 percent of students finishing high school within four years. White students followed with a 79 percent graduation rate, Latino students with 65 percent and black students with 64 percent.

New High School Graduation Measures for the 2010-11 Academic Year by CSGovts