On Time High School Graduation


To graduate from high school in Washington State, students must complete a minimum number of course credits in specified topics; pass tests including the Smarter Balanced tests, end-of-course exams, and more; and complete a High School and Beyond Plan. Those who graduate with their class 4 years after beginning 9th grade are counted as graduating on time.

In King County, 80% of students in the Class of 2016 graduated on time. However, the proportion of varied by school district, gender, race/ethnicity, family income, English language proficiency, migrant status, special education status, and homelessness.

  • Mercer Island School District had the highest proportion of students graduating on time at 94%, 82.3%, while Tukwila School District and Highline School District had the lowest at 70%.

  • 77% of males graduated on time, compared to 83% of females.

  • On-time graduation rates for Blacks, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaska Natives were all at or below 65%, trailing the rates for Asians (88%) and whites (86%) by at least 21%.

  • 66% of low income students graduated on time.

  • 54% of students who were English language learners graduated on time.

  • 49% of migrant students graduated on time.

  • 57% of special education students graduated on time.

  • 49% of homeless students graduated on time.

To examine disparities within a school district, click on that school district in the map above.


Notes & Sources

Source: Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Report Card


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