Public High School 4-Year Graduation Rate

Between 2013 and 2016, the adjusted cohort graduation rate of public high school students (i.e. graduating within four years of enrolling in 9th grade) increased gradually from 81.4 percent in 2013 to 84.1 percent in 2016. While all racial and ethnic groups saw increases, Black or African American students showed the largest increase, of about 6 percentage points.

Public High School 4-Year Graduation Rate, by Race and Ethnicity: 2013 and 2016


EDFacts Data Groups 695 and 696, School Year 2015-2016; October 25, 2017; U.S. Department of Education, EDFacts/Consolidated State Performance Report, SY 2012–13

Implementation of requirements for the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) varied by state. As a result, calculation of the ACGR may vary by state. Year-over-year variation of +/- 5 percent for any group for which cohort size was over 50 was reviewed through the U.S. Department of Education’s Coordinated Data Quality Review. All states, with exception of West Virginia, provided explanations for these variations. The data steward did not accept state comments for California, Illinois, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and the District of Columbia. These states and the District of Columbia, along with West Virginia, received notification of concerns around data quality that are expected to be resolved in the submission of future data.

Data for Idaho were not available for the 2012-13 academic year due to an approved reporting extension from the U. S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.