Fast Fact — Sept. 28, 2018

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: September 28, 2018

In 2017, 79 percent of Colorado’s high school seniors graduated within 4 years, the highest on-time graduation rate reported since 2010 when the Department of Education began using their current methodology. Graduation rates have increased for almost all racial and ethnic groups of students since 2010; specifically, Hispanic students, American Indian and Alaska Native students and black students have seen dramatic gains in the share of high schoolers graduating within four years. Research demonstrates that graduating from high school is linked to better health outcomes and increased earnings long-term. For young people in our state, attaining a high school diploma can have significant impacts on their contributions to the economy, workforce, and markers of public health. To see last year’s high school graduation rate for your school district, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit