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Graduation Rate

LPS high school graduation rates are lower than the national average
The national high school graduation rate exceeds the graduation rate for Lincoln Public Schools. This is due to an increase in the national rate over the past five years, while LPS graduation rates have been flat.

  • Nationally, 85% of public high school students receive their high school diploma within four years of starting high school (for students graduating in the 2016-17 school year). 9, 10
  • In the 2016-17 school year, the LPS high school graduation rate was 83%, whereas Nebraska’s graduation rate was 89%.

Note: For the purposes of comparability, this report uses the state/national methodology for calculating graduation rate.


9. This is the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate for the nation, considered the most accurate estimate of four year graduation rates. McFarland, J., Hussar, B., Zhang, J., Wang, X., Wang, K., Hein, S., Diliberti, M., Forrest Cataldi, E., Bullock Mann, F., and Barmer, A. (2019). The Condition of Education 2019 (NCES 2019-144). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 11.12.2019 from https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2019144

10. A 100% graduation rate is unlikely, in part because some special education students continue to receive educational services beyond four years of high school, some students graduate but in more than four years, and due to student mobility out of districts and state.