Published Online: February 17, 2015
Published in Print: February 18, 2015, as High School Completion

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High School Completion

"Public High School Four-Year, Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate"

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The national, four-year high school graduation rate has ticked up for the second year in a row, growing from 80 percent in the 2011-12 school year to 81 percent in 2012-13, according to data released in January by the U.S. Department of Education.

Most individual states made gains. For instance, the District of Columbia's high school graduation rate grew from 59 percent in the 2011-12 school year to 62 percent in 2012-13. (It's still the lowest in the country, however.) Not every state showed improvement—Arizona dropped from 76 percent in the 2011-12 school year to 75 percent in 2012-13.

States were required to use this particular, uniform method of calculating graduation rates beginning in 2008, and full implementation took a few years. For the 2010-11 school year, the national graduation rate was 79 percent. The next year, it inched up to 80 percent.

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