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Lincoln Public Schools high school graduation rate remains lower than national average

In the 2018-19 school year, the national high school graduation rate exceeded the graduation rate for Lincoln Public Schools (LPS). This is due to an increase in the national rate over the past decade, while the LPS graduation rate has been flat.

  • Nationally, 86% of public high school students received their high school diploma within four years of starting high school in the 2018-19 school year.16, 17 In the same year, the LPS high school graduation rate was 82%, and Nebraska’s graduation rate was 88%.
  • In the 2020-21 school year, the LPS high school graduation rate was 81%, and Nebraska’s graduation rate was 88%.

16.  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.  https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2019144

17.  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.