State 2009-2016

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Why This Indicator Matters

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
Between 2009 -2015 the rate of graduation improved statewide from 80.4% to 87.7%. It was down slightly in the latest year to 87.1%. The number of students who graduated statewide has declined by over 1,000 students. This decline in number of students mirrors the demographics of the state as there are fewer children than years ago. Nationally, the graduation rate for 2015-2016 is 84.1%, so Maine is better than average, and is ranked 18th. The State is working toward a goal of having a 90 percent graduation rate. Source for national comparisons
Ed Week Grad Rates By State 2015-2016
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Definitions: The number and percent of youth who graduate in 4 years from public schools and 60% publicly funded private schools. The numerator is the number of youth graduating in the state in 4 years and the denominator includes the cohort of ninth grade students 4 years prior plus all transfers in and all transfers out.
For this calculation the denominator contains the cohort of all first time ninth graders from four years earlier plus all transfers into this cohort minus all transfers out (e.g. death, moving to another Maine school). The numerator contained only “regular” diploma recipients from the four year cohort. “Regular” diplomas include diplomas received by SWD students granted five/six years by their IEP, and Limited English Proficient (LEP) students granted five/six years as part of their documented Personal Learning Plans. In both of these cases the students met the requirements of the Maine Learning Results. These five/six year “regular” diploma recipients are tabulated separately allowing them to be extracted in order to produce a four-year cohort graduation rate. This approach satisfies both the NGA and NCLB graduation requirements while aligning with Maine’s practice of allowing SWD and LEP students more than four years to meet Maine’s “regular” diploma standards. These data represent graduates from public school AND 60% publicly funded private schools. 

Data Source: Maine Department of Education

Footnotes: Data last uploaded: April 2018