National ELL Graduation Rates

The U.S. Department of Education released data today on state 4-year graduation rates for 2010-2011, including a breakdown of graduate rates for English Language Learners.  The graduation rates were calculated using a “new, common metric can be used by states, districts and schools to promote greater accountability and to develop strategies that will reduce dropout rates and increase graduation rates in schools nationwide.”

The Boston Globe headline today lamented that “Mass. isn’t in top 10 for high school graduation rates.” With a 83% graduation rate, Massachusetts falls just short of making the top ten. However, looking at the Mass graduation rates for ELLs, our ranking sinks lower.   With a 56% graduation rate for ELL students, Massachusetts is behind 28 other states, tied with New Mexico.  Here are the state LEP Graduation Rates:

  1. VERMONT, SOUTH DAKOTA 82%
  2. WEST VIRGINIA 79%
  3. MAINE  78%
  4. ARKANSAS  76%
  5. INDIANA, NEW HAMPSHIRE  73%
  6. TENNESSEE  71%
  7. IOWA, KANSAS 70%
  8. ILLINOIS, NEW JERSEY, RHODE ISLAND 68%
  9. MISSISSIPPI 67%
  10. WISCONSIN 66%
  11. DELAWARE 65%
  12. PENNSYLVANIA 63%
  13. MISSOURI 62%
  14. WYOMING, MICHIGAN, SOUTH CAROLINA 62%
  15. NORTH DAKOTA 61%
  16. HAWAII, CALIFORNIA 60%
  17. CONNECTICUT 59%
  18. TEXAS 58%
  19. MONTANA 57%
  20. MASSACHUSETTS, NEW MEXICO 56%
  21. VIRGINIA 55%
  22. MARYLAND 54%
  23. OHIO, COLORADO, FLORIDA, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 53%
  24. NEBRASKA, MINNESOTA, OREGON 52%
  25. WASHINGTON, BUREAU OF INDIAN EDUCATION 51%
  26. NORTH CAROLINA 48%
  27. NEW YORK 46%
  28. UTAH 45%
  29. LOUISIANA 43%
  30. ALASKA 41%
  31. ALABAMA 36%
  32. GEORGIA 32%
  33. NEVADA 29%
  34. ARIZONA 25%

The data is available on the Ed.gov web site: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/states-report-new-high-school-graduation-rates-using-more-accurate-common-measur

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