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Just the Facts - Key Economic and Social Indicators for New York State

Public School Graduation Rate, 1999

Table 48
Rank State Amt.   Rank State Amt.
1 New Jersey 91.6   27 Arkansas 70.0
2 Connecticut 84.8   28 Ohio 68.4
3 Minnesota 84.7   29 California 67.9
4 Utah 84.3   30 Kentucky 67.3
5 Iowa 83.9   31 Oklahoma 67.2
6 North Dakota 83.0   32 Delaware 66.3
7 Nebraska 82.8   33 Oregon 64.9
8 Maine 79.3   34 Tennessee 63.9
9 Montant 78.0   35 New Hampshire 63.4
10 South Dakota 78.0   36 Alaska 62.8
11 Vermont 78.0   37 Arizona 61.6
12 Illinois 77.8   38 Hawaii 61.4
13 Wisconsin 77.6   39 North Carolina 60.3
14 Idaho 77.2   40 Rhode Island 60.1
15 Massachusetts 76.2   41 NEW YORK 59.9
16 Wyoming 76.1   42 New Mexico 58.0
17 Kansas 75.3   43 Nevada 57.8
18 Pennsylvania 75.3   44 Texas 57.2
19 West Virginia 75.2   45 South Carolina 56.1
20 Virginia 74.1   46 Georgia 55.6
21 Michigan 73.6   47 Florida 55.1
22 Missouri 73.4   48 Alabama 54.9
23 Maryland 72.5   49 Louisiana 54.2
24 Colorado 71.3   50 Mississippi 52.8
25 Washington 70.7   U.S. total 67.5
26 Indiana 70.5   N.Y.S. % below avg. 11.3%
Source: State Rankings 2000 (data from U.S. Department of Education)
Morgan Quitno Press calculated graduation rates by comparing estimated number of graduates with 9th-grade enrollment in 1995.