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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