Colorado’s on-time high school graduation rate continues its steady climb
Nearly 1,000 more Colorado high school students graduated on time last spring compared to the prior year. In the past decade, there has been a 9 percentage point increase in Colorado’s on-time graduation rate, culminating in the highest graduation rate in nine years in 2019. State dropout rates reached an all-time low with only 2 percent of students dropping out in 2019.
In recent years, Colorado has provided opportunities for high school students to earn college credit or a postsecondary credential while still in high school. These opportunities include expanded access to concurrent enrollment and workforce opportunities. Programs like these allow students to fulfill graduation requirements while also making the curriculum relevant in preparing them for success after high school, whether it be in a career or in college.
Data from 2019 also show increased graduation rates for Colorado’s students of color, who face more barriers to educational opportunity than their white peers, yet gaps persist: 76 percent of students of color graduated in four years compared to 86 percent of white students. More than 9,000 students dropped out in the 2018-2019 school year, with higher dropout rates among students of color.
Though Colorado is making great strides to ensure all kids in the state are able to earn a high school diploma, the work is far from over. Together, we can ensure all students have what they need to be engaged and feel successful in high school, while better preparing them for their futures.
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