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Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate, All Students: 2015-16 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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State Sort states in alphabetical ascending orderSort states in alphabetical descending order Value Sort states by data element value in ascending orderSort states by data element value in descending order
National  84.1%
US 84.1%
Alabama  87.1%
AL 87.1%
Alaska  76.1%
AK 76.1%
Arizona  79.5%
AZ 79.5%
Arkansas  87.0%
AR 87.0%
California  83.0%
CA 83.0%
Colorado  78.9%
CO 78.9%
Connecticut  87.4%
CT 87.4%
Delaware  85.5%
DE 85.5%
District of Columbia  69.2%
DC 69.2%
Florida  80.7%
FL 80.7%
Georgia  79.4%
GA 79.4%
Hawaii  82.7%
HI 82.7%
Idaho  79.7%
ID 79.7%
Illinois  85.5%
IL 85.5%
Indiana  86.8%
IN 86.8%
Iowa  91.3%
IA 91.3%
Kansas  85.7%
KS 85.7%
Kentucky  88.6%
KY 88.6%
Louisiana  78.6%
LA 78.6%
Maine  87.0%
ME 87.0%
Maryland  87.6%
MD 87.6%
Massachusetts  87.5%
MA 87.5%
Michigan  79.7%
MI 79.7%
Minnesota  82.2%
MN 82.2%
Mississippi  82.3%
MS 82.3%
Missouri  89.0%
MO 89.0%
Montana  85.6%
MT 85.6%
Nebraska  89.3%
NE 89.3%
Nevada  73.6%
NV 73.6%
New Hampshire  88.2%
NH 88.2%
New Jersey  90.1%
NJ 90.1%
New Mexico  71.0%
NM 71.0%
New York  80.4%
NY 80.4%
North Carolina  85.9%
NC 85.9%
North Dakota  87.5%
ND 87.5%
Ohio  83.5%
OH 83.5%
Oklahoma  81.6%
OK 81.6%
Oregon  74.8%
OR 74.8%
Pennsylvania  86.1%
PA 86.1%
Puerto RicoA 
PR †
Rhode Island  82.8%
RI 82.8%
South Carolina  82.6%
SC 82.6%
South Dakota  83.9%
SD 83.9%
Tennessee  88.5%
TN 88.5%
Texas  89.1%
TX 89.1%
Utah  85.2%
UT 85.2%
Vermont  87.7%
VT 87.7%
Virginia  86.7%
VA 86.7%
Washington  79.7%
WA 79.7%
West Virginia  89.8%
WV 89.8%
Wisconsin  88.2%
WI 88.2%
Wyoming  80.0%
WY 80.0%

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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: 2015-16; 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, 2015-16:; Data Uploaded On: 11/20/2017 

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.