High School Graduation Rates

Statewide Takeaways

Eight-in-ten (81%) high school boys in California graduated in time in 2020. But across the state, Black and Indigenous boys are most-often failed by school systems and have lower graduation rates than White and Asian students.

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Graduation rates show the percentage of students completing a high school diploma in California schools. The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR) is calculated as the total number of high school graduates divided by the total number of students in that graduating cohort. Schools include both charter and non-charter programs. Data was obtained from the California Department of Education’s DataQuest database. Years shown reflect the last year of the school period. 

Race and ethnicity data are shown as reported by the California Department of Education. These data report Asian and Pacific Islander categories differently from other indicators in the dashboard. “Asian”, “Filipino” and “Pacific Islander” categories were left separate to allow for more comprehensive analysis and comparison of rates. 

Only cases with at least 30 students are shown. Graduation rate data is only shown after 2017 due to changes in the CDE’s cohort methodology. Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number. Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding. Latinos include people of any race.

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