Statistics on children, youth and families in Maine from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Maine Children's Alliance
High School graduation State Trends
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Why This Indicator Matters
What the data shows
Between 2020 and 2021, the state high school graduation rate declined from 87.4% to 86.1%, the lowest rate since 2016. The graduation rate in 2022 was identical to the previous year at 86.1%. Between 2009-2015 the rate of graduation improved each year statewide from 80.4% to 86.1%. It stayed relatively steady between 2015 -2018, with rates between 85.9% and 86.5% The number of students who graduated statewide has declined by 1,731 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 2019 was 85.8%. For that year, Maine was ranked 18th for the rate of 4-year high school graduation. Source for national comparisons High School Graduation Rates By State 2018-2019
Definition and Source
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.
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