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Document Number: 5102

Who Graduates? Who Doesn’t?: A Statistical Portrait of Public High School Graduation, Class of 2001 - The author presents the various national high school graduation rates reached by applying several commonly used methods. Using the "Cumulative Promotion Index" (CPI), an Urban Institute-developed method of graduation rate calculation, the author determines the national high school graduation rate to be 68%, a rate lower than that calculated by the other methods. Further analysis reveals that for members of historically disadvantaged minority groups, the national rate barely clears 50%, with additional variations by state, geographical region, student family income, race and gender. A "demographic profile" and "graduation rate profile" is provided for the nation as well as each region (Midwest, Northeast, South, West) and state. (Christopher B. Swanson, The Urban Institute, February 2004)...

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