See High School Graduation Rates By State

Monday, September 02, 2019

Iowa, Kentucky and Nebraska have the highest graduation rates in the U.S.

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.

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