States with the highest graduation rates

Graduation rates 2017 2

While graduation looks different this year, that doesn’t diminish the achievements the class of 2020 have made throughout their schooling. 

In 2017, Vermont had the highest rate of students graduating in six years at 64.8 percent, followed by Rhode Island and Massachusetts with 64.2 percent and 63.2 percent respectively. The state with the smallest percentage of students graduating in six years is Alaska with 32.5 percent.

Iowa and New Jersey are the only states with a high school graduation rate over 90 percent. Iowa has the highest high school graduation rate with 91 percent of students receiving a diploma. New Jersey is close behind with a 90.5 percent high school graduation rate. New Mexico has the smallest percentage of graduates with only 71.1 percent making it across the stage on graduation day.