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Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, All Students: 2014-15 1

The percentage of students from the original cohort who graduated in four years with a regular high school diploma. [More about...]

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State assessments, which are used to measure student achievement in reading, math, and science, are designed by each state to measure the content the state has determined appropriate for that grade and subject. As a result, both the content on the tests and achievement standards students must meet to be considered “proficient” vary widely across states, so proficiency rates should not be compared across states. Many states have also changed their standards and assessments at some point in the process of measuring their students, so it is often not possible to create a trend line that looks at changes in achievement across years, since a change could actually reflect a change in the assessment.

Through the 2009-10 school year, states were allowed to calculate student graduation rates differently, as long as the figure represents students who graduated in the standard number of years (i.e., four). Starting in the 2010-11, states converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate, which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states.

For detailed information about state assessments and graduation rates, please see the state Accountability Workbooks, which can be found at: State Accountability Workbooks:

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National  83.2%
US 83.2%
Alabama  89.3%
AL 89.3%
Alaska  75.6%
AK 75.6%
Arizona  77.4%
AZ 77.4%
Arkansas  84.9%
AR 84.9%
California  82.0%
CA 82.0%
Colorado  77.3%
CO 77.3%
Connecticut  87.2%
CT 87.2%
Delaware  85.6%
DE 85.6%
District of Columbia  68.5%
DC 68.5%
Florida  77.9%
FL 77.9%
Georgia  78.8%
GA 78.8%
Hawaii  81.6%
HI 81.6%
Idaho  78.9%
ID 78.9%
Illinois  85.6%
IL 85.6%
Indiana  87.1%
IN 87.1%
Iowa  90.8%
IA 90.8%
Kansas  85.7%
KS 85.7%
Kentucky  88.0%
KY 88.0%
Louisiana  77.5%
LA 77.5%
Maine  87.5%
ME 87.5%
Maryland  87.0%
MD 87.0%
Massachusetts  87.3%
MA 87.3%
Michigan  79.8%
MI 79.8%
Minnesota  81.9%
MN 81.9%
MississippiA  75.4%
MS 75.4%
Missouri  87.8%
MO 87.8%
Montana  86.0%
MT 86.0%
Nebraska  88.9%
NE 88.9%
Nevada  71.3%
NV 71.3%
New Hampshire  88.1%
NH 88.1%
New Jersey  89.7%
NJ 89.7%
New Mexico  68.6%
NM 68.6%
New York  79.2%
NY 79.2%
North Carolina  85.6%
NC 85.6%
North Dakota  86.6%
ND 86.6%
Ohio  80.7%
OH 80.7%
Oklahoma  82.5%
OK 82.5%
Oregon  73.8%
OR 73.8%
Pennsylvania  84.8%
PA 84.8%
Puerto RicoB 
PR †
Rhode Island  83.2%
RI 83.2%
South Carolina  80.3%
SC 80.3%
South Dakota  83.9%
SD 83.9%
Tennessee  87.9%
TN 87.9%
Texas  89.0%
TX 89.0%
Utah  84.8%
UT 84.8%
Vermont  87.7%
VT 87.7%
Virginia  85.7%
VA 85.7%
Washington  78.2%
WA 78.2%
West Virginia  86.5%
WV 86.5%
Wisconsin  88.4%
WI 88.4%
Wyoming  79.3%
WY 79.3%

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1 Description: The percentage of students from the original cohort who graduated in four years with a regular high school diploma.; Academic Year: 2014-15; Grade: N/A; Note: The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate is the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class. From the beginning of 9th grade (or the earliest high school grade), students who are entering that grade for the first time form a cohort that is “adjusted” by adding any students who subsequently transfer into the cohort and subtracting any students who subsequently transfer out, emigrate to another country, or die. 2010-11 was the first year that states were required to use the regulatory cohort rate, so data prior to that year are not necessarily comparable to the regulatory rates. While the ACGR is more comparable across states than previous rates, there are still some differences in state implementation of the requirements, leading to the potential for differences across in how the rates are calculated.A dash (-) indicates that the data are not available. Cell with a ">" or "<" next to the value indicate that the value has been blurred, and is greater than or less than the value listed. An "n<" means that the value has been suppressed. A "†" symbol means not applicable.; Source: EDFacts/Consolidated State Performance Report, 2014-15:; Data Uploaded On: 11/18/2016 

MS: Mississippi’s adjusted cohort graduation rate data displayed in the table above reflect submissions as of May 7, 2016 and subsequently certified in the state’s Consolidated State Performance Report. The state resubmitted their adjusted cohort graduation rate data on July 20, 2016. These data are currently under review by ED and, upon completion of the data quality review, these tables will be updated to include any accepted revisions for Mississippi’s data.
PR: Puerto Rico reports a three-year adjusted cohort graduation rate. Thus, their data are not comparable to other states' four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate data.