The interactive map and chart above shows four-year state high school graduation rates by race and ethnicity for the 2010-2011 school year, based on new data just released by the Department of Education. What makes these 2010-2011 data especially noteworthy is that it’s the first year that all U.S. states used a common and more accurate measure of four-year graduations that allows for comparisons between and among states. Past measures of high school graduation rates varied by state and made comparisons difficult and unreliable. Here’s some commentary by The National Journal, which created the interactive map/chart above.
Here are few interesting observations:
1. Texas has one of the highest state high school graduation rates in the country at 86%, behind only Iowa at 88% and Wisconsin and Vermont at 87%, and is tied with North Dakota, Nebraska, Indiana, and Tennessee (all at 86%), and ahead of Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts (all at 83%).
2. Texas’s graduation rate is ten percentage points higher than California’s 76% rate, and the Lone Star State graduates a higher percentage of Asians than California (95% vs. 89%), blacks (81% vs. 63%) and Hispanics (82% vs. 70%).