Reading Proficiency: The reading proficiency rate represents the percentage of eighth-grade students who scored at or above the “proficient” level on the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading, also known as the Nation’s Report Card. Eighth-grade students performing at the proficient level should be able to provide relevant information and summarize main ideas and themes; make and support inferences about a text, connect parts of a text, and analyze text features; and fully substantiate judgments about content and presentation of content. For more information about the 2015 NAEP in reading, click here.
High School Graduation Rate: The high school graduation rate for individual states represents the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate (ACGR) for the Class of 2015. The four-year ACGR measures the percentage of students who graduate in four years by dividing the number of students in a class that earn a regular high school diploma by the number of first-time ninth graders that made up that class of students three years earlier, adjusting for students who transferred or died. The data featured here comes from the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. For more information, click here.
College-Readiness Rate: The college-readiness rate represents the percentage of high school graduates from the Class of 2016 who met the ACT’s college-readiness benchmarks in all four subjects tested (English, reading, math, and science). For more information, click here.
Four-Year College Graduation Rate: The four-year college graduation rate represents the percentage of students in a state who complete a four-year degree within six years of entering an institution of higher education. This figure is calculated using data from students who graduated between 2011 and 2013. The data was obtained from the College Completion Project of The Chronicle of Higher Education. For more information, click here.
Employability: The employability rate represents the percentage of twenty-five- to thirty-four-year-olds with an associate’s degree or higher. Using data from the U. S. Census Bureau, the Alliance for Excellent Education calculated educational attainment levels in 2014 for each state and the nation. For more information, click here.