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Published Online: May 29, 2015
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Map: Graduation Rates by State, Student Group

More than 8 in 10 public high school students in the United States are graduating with a diploma. Beginning with the class of 2011, federal regulations required each state to calculate graduation rates using a method known as the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR). With the exception of Idaho, all states and the District of Columbia have reported ACGR rates.

Based on those state-reported data, the U.S. Department of Education indicates that the nation’s graduation rate stands at 81 percent for the class of 2013. Graduation rates for historically disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups remain substantially below those of their white and Asian peers. Nineteen percentage points, for instance, separate graduation rates for American Indian and Asian students.

Browse the 2012-2013 state and national data:


Source: Graduation rates are calculated by states using the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) method, as reported by the U.S. Department of Education.
Visualization: Chienyi Cheri Hung, Stacey Decker
Note: For Asian students, Maine’s graduation rate (listed above as 95%) is greater than or equal to 95%.

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