High school graduation is one of the first and most important milestones in the life of a young man or woman. Unfortunately, not everyone makes it to this momentous day. There are a number of reasons why a person wouldn’t graduate – from having a less-than-ideal home life, working to help support the family, or even because they are homeless.
Fortunately, though, the United States Department of Education announced that the graduation rate nationwide has hit an all-time high. According to the department’s data, 84.6% of students earned a diploma at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
When broken down by state, Iowa has the highest graduation rate in the country. Based on data from the U.S. Department of Education, 91% of students in Iowa graduated from high school. New Jersey had the second highest rate at 90.5%, while Tennessee had a high school graduation rate of 89.8%.
On the other side of the coin, there are states with lower graduation rates. The lowest in the nation was found in New Mexico, where only 71.1% of students graduated from high school. The next lowest high school graduation rate was found in Washington, D.C., where the rate was just 73.2%.
It's very interesting to look at the graduation rates of various schools across the country because there are always different variables at play. First and foremost, the most available statistics regarding graduation rates in the nation only take public schools into consideration. It is more difficult to access information regarding high school graduation rates for students who attend private institutions because they are not run by the government.
But despite information not being easily accessible, it is a well-known fact that private schools have higher graduation rates than public schools. Class sizes tend to be much smaller in private schools because the school admissions councils have the power to control how many students are enrolled in the school. Public schools, on the other hand, do not have the ability to turn students away for any reason, so they have to find ways to accommodate all the students in the respective school zones.
There are many external factors that also influence the likelihood that students will graduate from high school. For example, the high school graduation rates of students who come from low income backgrounds are different from the graduation rates of students with disabilities. For perspective's sake, we'll start with a conclusive list of graduation rates in general for the public schools in each of the fifty states. Then, you can view the data for the high school graduation rates of low income children as well as high schoolers with disabilities, both of which put these school children at a disadvantage.
Graduation Rates in US Public High Schools for the School Year 2016-2017, in Percentages
By the end of the 2016 school year, the average graduation rate in the United States was about 84.6% and the individual states contributed to this total in the following ways...
There are only fifteen states and one federal district that have at least one school with a 100% graduation rate. The District of Columbia has one school from which 100% of the student body graduates, and the fifteen states with a 100% graduation rate in 2019 are...
The number of schools in each state that had a 100% graduation rate in are as follows…
- 5 schools in Alaska
- 26 schools in Arizona
- 13 schools in Arkansas
- 55 schools in California
- 14 schools in Colorado
- 5 schools in Connecticut
- 40 schools in Florida
- 11 schools in Georgia
- 12 schools in Idaho
- 20 schools in Illinois
- 14 schools in Indiana
- 42 schools in Iowa
- 3 schools in Kansas
- 10 schools in Kentucky
- 13 schools in Louisiana
- 1 school in Maine