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High school students graduating on time by race and ethnicity in United States

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Why This Indicator Matters

Students who graduate from high school on time are more likely to continue to postsecondary education and training; they are more employable and have higher incomes than students who fail to graduate. High school graduates also have better health outcomes, make healthier choices and are less likely to engage in risky behaviors.

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Definition and Source



The estimated percentage of an entering freshman class graduating in 4 years.
The measure is derived from the Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate (AFGR), which uses aggregate student enrollment data to estimate the size of an incoming freshman class and aggregate counts of the number of regular diplomas awarded four years later.

Data Source

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data.


S - Estimate does not meet National Center for Education Statistics standards of reliability.
N.A. - Data not available.

Last Updated

December 2023