State High School graduation rates 2009-2020 in Maine

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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 each year statewide from 80.4% to 87.7%. It  has stayed relatively steady between 2016 -2020, with rates between 86.9% and 87.5% The number of students who graduated statewide has declined by 1,629 students since 2010. 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 2018-2019 is 85.8%, 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
2018-2019 Graduation Rates By State
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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. I These data represent graduates from public school AND 60% publicly funded private schools. 

Data Source:
Maine Department of Education Student Outcomes: 4-yr graduation rates

Footnotes: Data last uploaded: June 2021