State race and ethnicity

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Why This Indicator Matters

All youth deserve to have access to a quality education. Historically, there have been racial disparities in graduation rates due to many factors, including structural inequality.  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
Maine had rates above the national average for race and ethnicity. Nationally,  the 2015-2016 rate of graduation was 72% for American Indian, 76% for African -American, 79% for Hispanic, 88% for White, and 91% for Asian students. Maine's rate in 2016 was 4 or more percentage points higher for American Indian, Asian and Hispanic. However, in the most recent year, the percentage of American Indians graduating in 4 years was down to 71%, and below the national average for American Indians as well as for all students. (Small numbers statistically bring more variation year to year.)

In 2017, the racial groups with below an 80% high school graduation rate in Maine were "American Indian" and "Two or More Races."  The African American rate of graduation in 2017 was at 82.6% and was about 4 percentage points lower than the rate of all students in Maine of 86.9%.

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Definitions: Definition: The percent of youth who graduate in 4 years from public schools and 60% publicly funded private schools.  Race & ethnicity is self reported at each high school and is compiled at the state level.
The numerator is the number of students of a particular race who graduated from high school in 4 years and the denominator is the number of students who started high school 4 years earlier.

Data Source: Data Source: Maine Department of Education
Maine Department of Education State Graduation Rates By Race 2015-2017
Source for national statistics 2016:State summary 4-yr graduation rates Ed Week Grad Rates By State 2015-2016

Updated August 2018.

Footnotes: This data looks at a cohort of students who began ninth grade 4 years prior to see if they graduated within 4 years.