Education Week - Diplomas Count - Issue 34, 2015 - (Page 20)

A NATIONAL VIEW OF GRADUATION The U.S. Department of Education reports that 81 percent of all public school students in the nation graduated from high school with a regular diploma in the class of 2013, according to calculations using the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) formula. Graduation rates in 34 states stood at 80 percent or higher. States with rates below 80 percent were largely clustered in the Southeastern and Western parts of the nation. ACGR GRADUATION RATE (2013) n 90 percent and higher n 80 to 89 percent n 70 to 79 percent n Below 70 percent (1) n Data not available (33) (14) (2) (1) STATE GAPS DEFINED BY DISABILITY STATUS n DC Graduation rates for students with disabilities, calculated using the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) method, are lower than the statewide average in every state, but gaps range from 53 percentage points in Mississippi to 3 percentage points in Alabama. The U.S. Department of Education cautions that variation in the way that states have implemented ACGR provisions may result in potential differences in calculations across states, particularly with respect to students with disabilities. Independent analysts have expressed concern that differences in how states define disability status for their graduation-rate calculations may contribute to variation in the size of gaps across the nation. GRADUATION GAP (All students minus students with disabilities) Mississippi Nevada Louisiana Georgia South Carolina Kentucky Virginia Oregon New York Alaska Maryland Michigan Florida Colorado South Dakota Washington Minnesota Hawaii District of Columbia Connecticut Rhode Island Delaware North Carolina West Virginia Wisconsin Tennessee Vermont California Wyoming STATE GAPS DEFINED BY ECONOMIC STATUS Disparities in high school completion based on economic status vary from state to state. Graduation rates for economically disadvantaged students in three states-Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota-are more than 15 percentage points lower than the state average for all students. In five states and the District of Columbia, by contrast, economically defined divides in graduation fall below 5 points. GRADUATION GAP Economically Disadvantaged Students n Over 15 points n 10 to 15 points n 5 to 9 points n Below 5 points (3) n Data not available (18) (23) (6) (1) NOTE: Calculations and rankings based on unrounded numbers. Analyses are based on graduation rates calculated using the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) method, as reported by the U.S. Department of Education. ACGR rates were not available for Idaho. Indiana Nebraska North Dakota Massachusetts Iowa Maine New Hampshire Utah Illinois Ohio Missouri Arizona New Jersey Pennsylvania Texas New Mexico Montana Kansas Oklahoma Arkansas Alabama Idaho n DC NATIONAL GRADUATION GAPS Students with additional economic and educational challenges graduate at lower rates, on average, than their more advantaged classmates. For the high school class of 2013, graduation rates for economically disadvantaged students (73 percent) are 8 percentage points lower than the national average. Gaps defined by disability and limited-English-proficiency status stand at 19 and 20 points, respectively. EARNED A DIPLOMA All students Students with disabilities 62 Gap 19% ONLINE 53 44 37 37 34 34 33 32 30 29 25 23 23 23 23 22 22 21 21 21 21 20 20 19 19 19 19 19 18 18 18 18 17 17 16 16 16 13 13 12 12 12 11 10 10 8 8 6 5 3 - 81% STATE GRADUATION BRIEFS View reports for all 50 states and the District of Columbia featuring detailed, state-specific data on current graduation rates and outcomes for students with disabilities. INTERACTIVE MAP Limited English proficiency This online tool allows users to explore state graduation rates, including results for students with disabilities. Economically disadvantaged NOTE: Because of methodological differences in calculations, ACGR graduation rates shown here are not comparable to data on high school exit status presented elsewhere in this report. SOURCES: U.S. Department of Education and Education Week Research Center 20 EDUCATION WEEK s JUNE 4, 2015 73 Gap 8% 61 Gap 20%

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - Diplomas Count - Issue 34, 2015

Education Week - Diplomas Count - Issue 34, 2015
After Special Ed., Path Is Less Certain
DATA OVERVIEW: Students with Disabilities In School and Work
BY THE NUMBERS: Hearing Impairment
Md. Senior Opts For University Geared To Students With Hearing Impairments
In College, Students Face Choice: Seek Help or Go It Alone?
BY THE NUMBERS: Emotional Disturbance
At Lab School, Pennsylvania Student Prepares for Career In Culinary Arts
After K-12, Students Must Be Self-Advocates
BY THE NUMBERS: Specific Learning Disability
On Road to College, Georgia Student Learns To Speak for Herself
For Job-Oriented Students, Work Experience Is Critical
Discipline Policies Push Students Off College-and-Career Path
Budding Politician Sets Sights on College
State Diploma Requirements Vary
Common Core: Will Bar Rise For Students With Disabilities?
BY THE NUMBERS: Intellectual Disability
In Virginia, Jobs Enable Twin Brothers To ‘Walk Taller’ After High School
Graduation Rates Reach New Highs, But Gaps Remain
TABLE: Graduation Rate Tops 80 Percent
State-by-State Data

Education Week - Diplomas Count - Issue 34, 2015