Eye on Education

Ohio Has Some of Lowest High School Graduation Rates in Midwest

Ohio Graduation Rates – Class of 2011

Source: U.S. Department of Education | Download Data | Notes

As we wrote earlier this week, low-income and black and Hispanic students are significantly less likely to graduate high school on time than their wealthier and White peers.

And comparing Ohio to other Midwestern states too, Ohio falls on the lower end, particulary for low-income students. However, it’s not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison.

Midwest Graduation Rates – Low Income Students – Class of 2011

Source: U.S. Department of Education | Download Data | Notes

Less than two-thirds of Ohio low-income students graduated high school within four years, according to data for the Class of 2011 recently released by the U.S. Department of Education.

That’s one of the lowest graduation rates for low-income students in the Midwest. Only Michigan and Minnesota had lower rates.

Most states — including those in the Midwest — now measure their graduation rates by dividing the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who start ninth grade together. Students who transfer into the class are added; students who transfer out, emigrate or die are subtracted.

But not all states define what a “regular” high school means the same way, so the rates may not be strictly comparable.


  • lfrickey

    Whatif schools were accountable for knowing, and growing, student engagement-whichultimately drives everything related to school success? What is being done now is not working to identify students at risk of dropping out.
    We need a new paradigm-STUDENT ENGAGEMENT! The bottom line is any student who does notgraduate is a travesty as earning a high school diploma is a life-changing event! We can give our at-risk students a voice by tapping into the reasons
    “why” a student becomes disengaged and provide interventions to
    support students to reengage or increase engagement to pursue an educational

    I have been a teacherfor 28 years and I’ve developed the Scale of Student Engagement/Disengagement(SOS ED), which empowers students to self-identify their level of school engagement by responding to items that are scored and converted into an engagement score. In a university research study, the SOS ED was reliable and valid in identifying student engagement levels.
    Please check out the video explaining the SOS ED and how it works http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1BbJQRyoGY
    and visit http://www.scaleofstudentengagement.com
    Please email me at: lfrickey@scaleofstudentengagement.com for more

  • Tim

    “low-income and black and Hispanic students”
    So…..you are saying there are no low-income, white children? Low-income or not, White children seem to be doing far better in school! Why do you think this is?

    • Adelicia Acosta

      I think he is talking about whites when he talks about low income, what he is not saying is that some Hispanics and Blacks are high income lol

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