Utah’s High School Graduation Rate Increases to 84 Percent in 2015

A total of 36,933 students graduated from Utah’s public high schools in 2015 bringing the total high school graduation rate to 84 percent, an increase of 1 percent over 2014, according to data released by the Utah State Office of Education.

Year-to-year graduation rates increased for all major demographic subgroups in Utah in 2015 with the exception of students with disabilities, which saw a decline from 67 to 66 percent. Achievement gaps persist, however, as USOE data shows:

Category 2015 Graduation Rate 2014 Graduation Rate
All students 84% 83%
American Indian 69% 65%
Asian 88% 85%
Black 68% 66%
Hispanic 74% 72%
Pacific Islander 83% 82%
White 87% 86%
Economically disadvantaged 76% 72%
English language learners 65% 61%

“It is good to see that, for the most part, the needle is moving in the right direction,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brad C. Smith. “But it is also clear that there is more work to do. We in public education intend to do that work.”

Information about graduation rates for Utah school districts and for individual high schools can be found online at www.schools.utah.gov/data/Reports/Graduation-Dropout/Graduation2015.aspx