For the first time since all states have adopted a common, rigorous measure for four-year high school graduation rates, the U.S. Department of Education has released preliminary data on how states measured up for the 2010-2011 school year.
Using the new measure, 26 states reported lower graduation rates and 24 states reported unchanged or increased rates for the 2010-2011 school year. However, the new graduation rates are not comparable to those of previous years since a new formula was used.
The top ranking states were:
- Iowa: 88 percent
- Vermont and Wisconsin: 87 percent
- Indiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas: 86 percent
The lowest ranking states were:
- New Mexico: 63 percent
- Nevada: 62 percent
- District of Columbia: 59 percent
The new graduation rates show state leadersâ€™ willingness to create more uniformity and transparency in reporting these data.Â Additional information can be found at ED Data Express.
Kara Herbertson, Research and Policy Manager