State High School graduation rates by priority populations in Maine

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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 2018, Maine had graduation rates above the national average  for students with disabilities at 74.3% versus the US 2017 rate of 67.1%. For low income students and for for both English language learners the rates in Maine were about the same as national rates at 78%- 79%.

The trend in Maine for low income students and for English language learners is a positive one with more students graduating in 4 years each year, from 2015-2017 and about the same as 2017 for the latest year, 2018.  For students with disabilities and in special education classes, the 2018 rate of 74.3% is below the rates for low income and for English Language Learners but above the rates for students who are homeless or in foster care. Students who are homeless or in foster care have  rates, below 60%. 
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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) low income 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 
For national statistics, see Ed Week Grad 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 2018 is the school year September 2017 to June 2018.

Updated March 2019.