High School Graduation Rate Hits New Record High

The nation’s high school graduation rate hit 81 percent in 2012-13, which is the highest rate since states adopted a new uniform way of calculating grad rates five years ago.

Students In Graduation Gowns Showing Diplomas On CampusThe new record high is a really big deal, and it’s all thanks to the hard work of our country’s teachers, principals, students and families.

In a statement, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said “We can take pride as a nation in knowing that we’re seeing promising gains, including for students of color.”

“This is a vital step toward readiness for success in college and careers for every student in this country.”

Starting in 2010, states, districts and schools starting using a new, common metric called the adjusted cohort graduation rate. Before this, comparing graduation rates between states was often unreliable because of the different methods used. The new method is more accurate and helps states target support to ensure students are graduating on time and are college and career ready.

See the data here, including what the graduation rate is in your state. Check back in the coming weeks when we hope to release grad rates for minority students, students with disabilities, and English language learners.

Of course, although this progress is a big milestone, we can’t slow down now. Learn how the Obama Administration is working to maintain and accelerate progress and opportunity through an overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.



  1. Why is 2014 graduation data not posted, American business can tell you what was purchased 20 minutes ago and what was purchased last month, last year and every day for the last 10 years and DOE can not publish 2014 data after 9 months?

  2. I know it is not the right place to submit this issue .
    But I think this is the only media I can reach to Mr. Arne DUNCAN .

    Please look up Georgia Tech ONLINE Master degree program for Computer Science . $ 550 per course . It can be even lower .
    It is excellent .
    That should be done by the 200 best high performing universities too to double their enrollment by online BA degree programs . Just please endorse them, encourage them and convince them to do so .

  3. 81 % graduation rate .
    Does that mean 4 years ago 100 had been admitted to HS and now 81 are graduating .
    If so that is wonderful .
    1.- Now how many of this 81 will be accepted by the first 200 high performing universities .
    2.- Then I would announce the SAT scores of the all accepted students by these 200 universities . Then compare it every year, if we progress at all .

  4. One major problem in CA is the restructuring of adult school to transfer thousands of failing high school juniors and seniors to exclude them from the cohort without a penalty. Since the schools labels the process a “transfer” those students are no longer included in the cohort. The effect is that the graduation rates improve for the schools. Unfortunately, an extremely high record number of those high school students transferred to Adult School end up dropping out. We should require the schools to keep all students, even these high risk students, in their comprehensive high schools.
    Armando Benavides

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