Civic Report
No. 31 November 2002


Public School Graduation Rates in the United States

Table 2: Ranking of Graduation Rates by State

Rank

STATE

Total Graduation Rate, 2000

1

NEW JERSEY

87%

2

NORTH DAKOTA

86%

3

UTAH

86%

4

IOWA

85%

5

NEBRASKA

84%

6

SOUTH DAKOTA

83%

7

WEST VIRGINIA

83%

8

MONTANA

81%

9

WISCONSIN

81%

10

MINNESOTA

80%

11

WYOMING

80%

12

IDAHO

79%

13

PENNSYLVANIA

78%

14

VERMONT

77%

15

ILLINOIS

77%

16

OHIO

76%

17

CONNECTICUT

76%

18

VIRGINIA

75%

19

MISSOURI

75%

20

ARKANSAS

75%

21

KANSAS

74%

22

OKLAHOMA

74%

23

INDIANA

73%

24

MAINE

73%

25

MASSACHUSETTS

73%

26

MARYLAND

72%

27

RHODE ISLAND

71%

28

KENTUCKY

71%

29

HAWAII

69%

30

NEW HAMPSHIRE

69%

31

COLORADO

69%

32

WASHINGTON

68%

33

DELAWARE

67%

34

TEXAS

67%

35

CALIFORNIA

66%

36

OREGON

66%

37

ALABAMA

66%

38

LOUISIANA

66%

39

NEW YORK

64%

40

NEW MEXICO

64%

41

MISSISSIPPI

63%

42

NORTH CAROLINA

63%

43

ALASKA

61%

44

NEVADA

60%

45

TENNESSEE

60%

46

SOUTH CAROLINA

59%

47

ARIZONA

59%

48

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

58%

49

GEORGIA

56%

50

FLORIDA

55%

MICHIGAN

NA

National

69%

NA = Data not available
INS = Insufficient information for calculating graduation rate

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