Status: Improving

  
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Improving

Most Recent Data:
85.8 percent (2018-19)

Target:
90.7 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

Baseline:
84.1 percent of students attending public schools graduated with a regular diploma 4 years after starting 9th grade in school year 2015-16

Increase the proportion of students who graduate with a regular diploma 4 years after starting 9th grade

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement

Summary

There’s a strong connection between education and health—for example, higher levels of education are linked to a lower risk of death later in life. But many high school students don’t graduate, and graduation rates are lower in some racial/ethnic groups. Programs including vocational training, alternative schools, social-emotional skills training, and counseling can help more students graduate from high school.