ERIC Number: ED472135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Public School Graduation Rates in the United States. Civic Report.
Greene, Jay P.; Winters, Marcus A.
This report uses a newly defined version of the Greene Method to calculate graduation rates for the public school class of 2000, comparing results to those of 1998. It calculates state and national figures using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Common Core of Data. The 2000 national graduation rate was 69 percent (76 percent for whites, 79 percent for Asians, 55 percent for African Americans, 53 percent for Hispanics, and 57 percent for Native Americans). Florida had the lowest overall rate at 55 percent, and New Jersey had the highest rate at 87 percent. Wisconsin had the lowest rate among African Americans, Mississippi had the lowest rate among Hispanics, and Nebraska had the lowest rate among Native Americans. Graduation rates for African American, Hispanic, and Native American students were particularly low in several states. Rhode Island had the lowest graduation rate among Asian students, and Florida had the lowest rate among white students. The NCES reports a 2000 national high school completion rate of 86.5 percent. The discrepancy between NCES findings and these findings are due to NCES' counting recipients of General Educational Development certificates and other alternative credentials as high school graduates and its reliance on methodology that may undercount dropouts. (SM)
Descriptors: American Indians, Asian American Students, Black Students, Dropout Rate, Graduation, High School Graduates, High School Students, Hispanic American Students, Minority Group Children, Public Schools, Racial Differences, Secondary Education, White Students
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Inst., New York, NY. Center for Civic Innovation.