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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 2016, the most recent year with comparable data, Maine had graduation rates above the national average for both English language learners and for students with disabilities. For low income students the rates in Maine were about the same as national rates at 78%.

The trend in Maine over 3 years for low income students and for English language learners is a positive one with more students graduating in 4 years each year.  For students with disabilities and in special education classes, the rate of 72.5% is unchanged from the previous year and below the rates for low income and for English Language Learners.  Students who are homeless or in foster care have even lower rates, below 60%. IN 2017, students from migrant families had a 100% rate of graduating in 4 years, exceeding all groups including the rate for students in higher income families.
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