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Download Maryland’s State Indices
Civic Marshall Plan State Indices

The Civic Marshall Plan (CMP) State Indices compile significant indicators of each state’s progress in addressing the dropout challenge, using widely available national metrics at significant grade levels. The CMP State Indices provide a quick, easily understood snapshot of each state’s status in meeting the graduation challenge, tallied against important benchmarks. They also identify the areas that need improvement if the state is to achieve a graduation rate of 90 percent or higher by 2020. As additional information and recommendations become available, the CMP Indexes will be expanded; they will also be updated annually, in March, to provide a “track record” of growth.

For More  Information about Building a Grad Nation

For more information about Building a Grad Nation and the Civic Marshall Plan, click here. For a  guidebook for communities that seek to improve their high school graduation and college readiness rates, click here.

Graduation Challenge

This page contains a series of tables and graphs which collectively provide insight into the high school graduation challenge in each state.

How to Interpret the Data

Graduation Rate Indicators provide three measures of the current progress towards high school graduation (that are comparable across states).

  • Average Freshmen Graduation Rate provides an estimate of the overall graduation rate
  • Promoting Power is an estimate of the how many students are progressing on time from 9th to 12th grade.
  • 12th grade to Diplomas estimates how many students enrolled in the 12th grade in the fall receive a diploma by the end of the summer.

Current Graduation Gap provides an estimate of the number of student in the state who likely need additional supports to graduate.

Grade Enrollment and Graduates Graph provides a picture of where students in the state are falling off the path to graduation.

Improvement Gauge shows how graduation indicators have changed over the past 8 years and the past 4 years (for which data is available). The top 10% of states receive a gold star, if not in the top 10% but in the top 25%, they receive a silver star.

Promoting Power

Promoting power compares the number of seniors enrolled in a high school to the number of freshmen enrolled in the high school three years earlier. It provides a measure of how efficiently and effectively high schools promote their students from grade to grade. Promoting power is also a good indicator of high schools that have both high and low graduation rates. It is very likely that high schools which have 60% or fewer seniors than freshmen three years earlier will have unacceptably low graduation rates by state and national standards. For more information on Promoting Power and national and regional trends see Locating the Dropout Crisis.