In the fall of 2019, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a report that found the U.S. graduation rate had decreased by 3.2 percentage points from the year before, and it was now just shy of the national average.
The national graduation rate for 2019 is 81.2%.
However, the NCES reports that in some states the graduation rate has increased.
In Wisconsin, for example, the graduation rates for 2019 were up by nearly 5 percentage points.
The NCES report said Wisconsin’s graduation rate increased by more than 10 percentage points between 2019 and 2020, and its average annual increase was more than 12 percentage points, with the average increase per state exceeding 5 percentage point.
While the numbers in this article do not reflect a national trend, some states may see more increases in their graduation rates over time than others.
For example, Pennsylvania experienced a 4.6% increase in its graduation rate in 2019 and a 2.4% increase for 2020, according to the state’s Department of Education.
In the same time frame, Texas experienced a 3.5% increase and a 3% increase, respectively, in the state rate.
In other words, if you live in a state that experienced a big increase in their average rate, you might want to consider moving to another state to be near your graduation.
The number of new states added to the list of states that experienced more than a 3-point increase in the national graduation rates is the largest since the Great Recession.
The last time a state had more than that was during the 1980s.
This past year, the number of states added increased by nearly 7 percentage points nationally, with Connecticut, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania each seeing an increase of 4.5 points.
However, if your state is on the lower end of the growth spectrum, you may want to reconsider your decision to relocate.
The top five states that saw the largest jumps in the rate of college graduation rates are: California (up 8.4 percentage points), Florida (up 4.4 points), North Carolina (up 2.7 points), Georgia (up 1.8 points), and Washington, D.C. (up 0.7 point).
The top ten states that have seen the largest increases in the number and percentage of graduates is: Alabama (up 10.1 percentage points) South Carolina (ups 7.4 percent), Georgia, and Virginia (up 6.5 percent), Mississippi (up 5.4 point), and Texas (up 3.4)