February 23, 2024

Michigan 2023 Graduation Rates Higher than Pre-Pandemic Rates in Most Categories

Michigan Department of Education Press Release LANSING – Michigan’s 2023 four-year graduation rates increased in all 17 categories, according to data released today by the Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI). In 13 of the 17 categories, the 2023 rates are higher than pre-pandemic 2019 graduation rates.

Yearly graduation and dropout rates are tracked using seventeen different categories:

1) Gender - Female; 2) Gender - Male; 3) Race/Ethnicity - Asian; 4) Race/Ethnicity - Black/African American; 5) Race/Ethnicity - Hispanic or Latino; 6) Race/Ethnicity -  Native American or Alaska Native; 7) Race/Ethnicity - Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; 8) Race/Ethnicity - Two or More Races; 9) Race/Ethnicity - White; 10) Economically Disadvantaged Students; 11) English Learners; 12) Youth Experiencing Homelessness; 13) Migrant Students; 14) Students with Disabilities; 15) Early Middle College; 16) Youth in Foster Care; and 17) Military-Connected Youth.

“Rising four-year graduation rates in all categories, above pre-pandemic levels in almost all cases, are a welcome sign that student achievement is rebounding and a tribute to the hard work of Michigan students, educators, support staff, and communities,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice.

Migrant and militarily connected students had the largest one-year increases of 10.41 and 4.89 percentage points, respectively.  Of the ethnic groups, Hispanic, Asian, and African American increased over the last year by 2.49, 1.18, and 1.14 percentage points, respectively. 

Dr. Rice added, “While our progress has been significant over the last two years, we have more work to do to address graduation rate gaps. Local school districts and the department will continue focusing efforts to support students and staff in this regard.”

For the the statewide five-year trend for four-year graduation and dropout rates, visit Michigan 2023 Graduation Rates Higher than Pre-Pandemic Rates in Most Categories.