U.S. Department of Justice, Office Of Justice Programs, Innovation - Partnerships - Safer Neighborhoods
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Working for Youth Justice and Safety
OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book logo jump over products navigation bar
OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book logoAbout SSBFrequently Asked QuestionsPublicationsData Analysis ToolsNational Data SetsOther ResourcesAsk a Question

Juvenile Population Characteristics
Overview
Related FAQs
Related Publications
Related Links
Data Analysis Tools
Juveniles as Victims
Juveniles as Offenders
Juvenile Justice System Structure & Process
Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juveniles in Court
Juveniles on Probation
Juveniles in Corrections
Juvenile Reentry & Aftercare
Statistical Briefing Book Home

OJJDP logo

Printer-priendlyPrinter-friendly
Juvenile Population Characteristics
Education
Q: How does the public high school graduation rate vary by State?
A: State-specific graduation rates in the South and West were lower than rates in the Northeast and Midwest.

Averaged freshman graduation rates of public high school students by State

State 2001-02* 2002-03* 2003-04* 2004-05* 2005-06* 2006-07* 2007-08* 2008-09*
United States
72.6%
73.9%
75.0%
74.7%
73.2%
73.9%
74.9%
75.5%
 
Northeast
Connecticut
79.7
80.9
80.7
80.9
80.9
81.8
82.2
75.4
Maine
75.6
76.3
77.6
78.6
76.3
78.5
79.1
79.9
Massachusetts
77.6
75.7
79.3
78.7
79.5
80.8
81.5
83.3
New Hampshire
77.8
78.2
78.7
80.1
81.1
81.7
83.4
84.3
New Jersey
85.8
87.0
86.3
85.1
84.8
84.4
84.6
85.3
New York
60.5
60.9
65.3
67.4
68.8
70.8
73.5
Pennsylvania
80.2
81.7
82.2
82.5
83.0
82.7
80.5
Rhode Island
75.7
77.7
75.9
78.4
77.8
78.4
76.4
75.3
Vermont
82.0
83.6
85.4
86.5
82.3
88.6
89.3
89.6
 
Midwest
Illinois
77.1
75.9
80.3
79.4
79.7
79.5
80.4
77.7
Indiana
73.1
75.5
73.5
73.2
73.3
73.9
74.1
75.2
Iowa
84.1
85.3
85.8
86.6
86.9
86.5
86.4
85.7
Kansas
77.1
76.9
77.9
79.2
77.6
78.9
79.1
80.2
Michigan
72.9
74.0
72.5
73.0
72.2
77.0
76.3
75.3
Minnesota
83.9
84.8
84.7
85.9
86.2
86.5
86.4
87.4
Missouri
76.8
78.3
80.4
80.6
81.0
81.9
82.4
83.1
Nebraska
83.9
85.2
87.6
87.8
87.0
86.3
83.8
82.9
North Dakota
85.0
86.4
86.1
86.3
82.1
83.1
83.8
87.4
Ohio
77.5
79.0
81.3
80.2
79.2
78.7
79.0
79.6
South Dakota
79.0
83.0
83.7
82.3
84.5
82.5
84.4
81.7
Wisconsin
84.8
85.8
86.7
87.5
88.5
89.6
90.7
 
South
Alabama
62.1
64.7
65.0
65.9
66.2
67.1
69.0
69.9
Arkansas
74.8
76.6
76.8
75.7
80.4
74.4
76.4
74.0
Delaware
69.5
73.0
72.9
73.1
76.3
71.9
72.1
73.7
District of Columbia
68.4
59.6
68.2
68.8
54.9
56.0
62.4
Florida
63.4
66.7
66.4
64.6
63.6
65.0
66.9
68.9
Georgia
61.1
60.8
61.2
61.7
62.4
64.1
65.4
67.8
Kentucky
69.8
71.7
73.0
75.9
77.2
76.4
74.4
77.6
Louisiana
64.4
64.1
69.4
63.9
59.5
61.3
63.5
67.3
Maryland
79.7
79.2
79.5
79.3
79.9
80.0
80.4
80.1
Mississippi
61.2
62.7
62.7
63.3
63.5
63.6
63.9
62.0
North Carolina
68.2
70.1
71.4
72.6
71.8
68.6
72.8
75.1
Oklahoma
76.0
76.0
77.0
76.9
77.8
77.8
78.0
77.3
South Carolina
57.9
59.7
60.6
60.1
58.9
66.0
Tennessee
59.6
63.4
66.1
68.5
70.6
72.6
74.9
77.4
Texas
73.5
75.5
76.7
74.0
72.5
71.9
73.1
75.4
Virginia
76.7
80.6
79.3
79.6
74.5
75.5
77.0
78.4
West Virginia
74.2
75.7
76.9
77.3
76.9
78.2
77.3
77.0
 
West
Alaska
65.9
68.0
67.2
64.1
66.5
69.1
69.1
72.6
Arizona
74.7
75.9
66.8
84.7
70.5
69.6
70.7
72.5
California
72.7
74.1
73.9
74.6
69.2
70.7
71.2
71.0
Colorado
74.7
76.4
78.7
76.7
75.5
76.6
75.4
77.6
Hawaii
72.1
71.3
72.6
75.1
75.5
75.4
76.0
75.3
Idaho
79.3
81.4
81.5
81.0
80.5
80.4
80.1
80.6
Montana
79.8
81.0
80.4
81.5
81.9
81.5
82.0
82.0
Nevada
71.9
72.3
57.4
55.8
55.8
52.0
51.3
56.3
New Mexico
67.4
63.1
67.0
65.4
67.3
59.1
66.8
64.8
Oregon
71.0
73.7
74.2
74.2
73.0
73.8
76.7
76.5
Utah
80.5
80.2
83.0
84.4
78.6
76.6
74.3
79.4
Washington
72.2
74.2
74.6
75.0
72.9
74.8
71.9
73.7
Wyoming
74.4
73.9
76.0
76.7
76.1
75.8
76.0
75.2
*The averaged freshman graduation rate provides an estimate of the percentage of public high school students who graduate with a regular diploma 4 years after starting 9th grade.

[ Excel file ]


Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01502.asp?qaDate=2009. Released on March 05, 2012.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972-2009. [Report no. 2012-006]. [PDF]. Washington, D.C.: 2011.

 

USA.gov | Privacy | Policies & Disclaimers | FOIA | Site Map | Ask a Question | OJJDP Home
A component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice