New Fact Sheet Provides Details on U.S. High School Statistics

Did you know that 2,993,120 students graduated high school in 2011? These and other demographic and achievement statistics about high schools in the United States can be found in the National High School Center’s recently released Quick Stats Fact Sheet: High Schools in the United States. The fact sheet includes information about the number of high schools and high school students in the United States, as well as facts on students with disabilities, English language learners, school funding, transition from high school to college, and high school graduation rates.

 Highlights from the fact sheet include:

 Enrollment in grades nine through 12 is projected to increase from 14.8 million in school year (SY) 2013–14 to 15.5 million in SY 2021–22.

  • In 2011, 2,165,467 students, ages 14–21 (1,793,363 ages 14–17), were served under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, a decrease of 65,037 students since 2009.
  • The average student/teacher ratio in 2010–11 was 12:1.
  • 903,630 public schools students took at least one AP exam in 2011.
  • Among all public high school students in the Class of 2011, the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate was 76.2 percent.
  • Exit exams are required in 25 states for the Class of 2012, affecting 69 percent of all U.S. high school students.
  • 3,385,045 students enrolled as first-time college freshmen in 2010.

 Check out the fact sheet and learn something new about high schools!


Note: This blog post was originally authored under the auspices of the National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The National High School Center’s blog, High School Matters, which ran until March 2013, provided an objective perspective on the latest research, issues, and events that affected high school improvement. The CCRS Center plans to continue relevant work originally developed under the National High School Center grant. National High School Center blog posts that pertain to CCRS Center issues are included on this website as a resource to our stakeholders.

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