The Best and Worst U.S. Districts for Graduation Rates

The Best and Worst U.S. Districts for Graduation Rates

Jill Hare, Editor |

We all know it is important for students to attend school, but isn’t it even more important that they graduate? Just as students across the U.S. represent a diversified population, the graduation rates for each state and their districts vary widely. The data for the 2005 school year has just been made available and analyzed by Education Week in Diploma Counts 2008.

I’ve highlighted four areas of interest: the ten best and worst overall U.S. districts, and the ten best and worst of the nation’s largest districts. In the first section, I’ve listed the townships and/or counties in the top districts. In the second section, you can click on the link to view the map where the worst districts are located and the towns they encompass.

The 10 Best Overall Districts

1. 92.6% Graduation Rate:

New Jersey District 5:Audubon Borough, Barrington Borough, Bellmawr Borough, Brooklawn Borough, Camden City, Deptford Township, Gloucester City, Haddon Heights Borough, Hi Nella Borough, Lawnside Borough, Magnolia Borough, Mount Ephraim Borough, Runnemede Borough, Somerdale Borough, Stratford Borough, Westville Borough, Woodbury City, Woodbury Heights Borough, Woodlynne Borough

2. 92.4% Graduation Rate:

New Jersey District 11: Allenhurst Borough, Asbury Park City, Atlantic Highlands Borough, Avon By The Sea Borough, Belmar Borough, Bradley Beach Borough, Brielle Borough, Deal Borough, Eatontown Borough, Highlands Borough, Interlaken Borough, Lake Como, Loch Arbour Village, Long Branch City, Monmouth Beach Borough, Neptune City Borough, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Rumson Borough, Sea Bright Borough, Sea Girt Borough, Spring Lake Borough, Spring Lake Heights Borough, Wall Township, West Long Branch Borough

3. 92.0% Graduation Rate:

New Jersey District 7: Beverly City, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Cinnaminson Township, Delanco Township, Delran Township, Edgewater Park Township, Florence Township, Maple Shade Township, Merchantville Borough, Mount Holly Township, Palmyra Borough, Pennsauken Township, Riverside Township, Riverton Borough, Westampton Township, Willingboro Township

4. 91.0% Graduation Rate:

Illinois District 13: Cook County, Downers Grove Township, DuPage County, DuPage Township, Homer Township, Lemont Township, Lisle Township, Lockport Township, Lyons Township, Naperville Township, Orland Township, Palos Township, Plainfield Township, Wheatland Township, Will County, Winfield Township, York Township

5. 90.8% Graduation Rate:

New Jersey District: Colts Neck Township, East Windsor Township, Englishtown Borough, Fair Haven Borough, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Hightstown Borough, Little Silver Borough, Manalapan Township, Marlboro Township, Millstone Township, Oceanport Borough, Red Bank Borough, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls Borough

6. 90.0% Graduation Rate:

Pennsylvania District 6:Counties: Berks County, Chester County, Lehigh County, Montgomery County

7. 88.9% Graduation Rate:

New York District 3: Towns Entirely in the 3rd District: Bayville, Bethpage, Brookville, Cedar Beach, Centre Island, Cove Neck, East Norwich, Gilgo Beach, Glen Cove, Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Harbor Isle, Hicksville, Island Park, Jericho, Lattingtown, Laurel Hollow, Levittown, Lido Beach, Locust Valley, Long Beach, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Matinecock, Mill Neck, Muttontown, Oak Beach, Old Brookville, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Point Lookout, Seaford, Wantagh, West Islip

8. 87.9% Graduation Rate:

New Jersey District 3: Alloway Township, Bridgeton City, Carneys Point Township, Clayton Borough, Commercial Township, Deerfield Township, Downe Township, East Greenwich Township, Elk Township, Elmer Borough, Elsinboro Township, Fairfield Township, Greenwich Township (Cumberland), Greenwich Township (Gloucester), Harrison Township, Hopewell Township, Lawrence Township, Logan Township, Lower Alloways Creek Township, Mannington Township, Mantua Township, National Park Borough, Oldmans Township, Paulsboro Borough, Penns Grove Borough, Pennsville Township, Pilesgrove Township, Pittsgrove Township, Quinton Township, Salem City, Shiloh Borough, South Harrison Township, Stow Creek Township, Swedesboro Borough, Upper Deerfield Township, Upper Pittsgrove Township, Wenonah Borough, West Deptford Township, Woodstown Borough, Woolwich Township

9. 87.0% Graduation Rate:

Wisconsin District 5: Counties: Jefferson County, Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Washington County, Waukesha County

10. 86.6% Graduation Rate:

Illinois District 10: Arlington Heights, Bannockburn Barrington, Beach Park, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Green Oaks, Gurnee, Highland Park, Highwood, Hoffman Estates, Indian Creek, Inverness, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Mount Prospect, Mundelein, North Chicago, Northbrook, Northfield, Palatine, Prospect Heights, Riverwoods, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Vernon Hills, Waukegan, Wheeling, Wilmette, Winnetka

Source: Diplomas Count 2008, Education Week

Continue reading on the next page for 10 Worst Districts.

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