State High School graduation rates by priority populations in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

All youth deserve to have access to a quality education. Students are low income, have disabilities or are learning English have additional barriers to graduation.  Students who graduate from high school have higher wages, lower unemployment and are less likely to need public assistance than those who do not graduate. Their long-term physical and mental health is also better if they graduate from high school.

What the data shows
In 2020, Maine had graduation rates above the national average  for students with disabilities at 73.8% versus the US 2019 rate of 68.2%. State graduation rates for students with disabilities

For English language learners, Maine's 2020 high school graduation rate in 4 years of  80.7% exceeded the 2019 national rate of 69.2%.  Graduation Rates for English Language Learners

For economically disadvantaged students that make up 49% of the student population, the graduation rate in Maine of 78.9% for 2020 was lower than the national rates 2019 rate of  80.0%. Graduation rates of low-income students  Still, that report notes that Maine is among the ten states with the largest gap in graduation rates between low-income students and high-income students.
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State High School graduation rates by priority populations

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definitions: The percent of youth who graduate in 4 years from public schools and 60% publicly funded private schools.  Maine Department of education reports on graduation rates 5 on: 1) economically disadvantaged students, 2) English Learners, and 3) students with disabilities 4) students in foster care, 5.) students who are homeless, or 6.) in migrant families or 7.) military families. Each of these groups is a priority population.

Data Source: Maine Department of Education Data Warehouse: Student Outcomes 
For national statistics, see  2018-2019 Graduation Rates By State

Footnotes: Examines a cohort of ninth graders and whether they graduated within 4 years. The year represents the end of school year, so 2020 is the school year September 2019 to June 2020.

 Updated June 2021.