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States with the most public high school graduates, 2018-19

June 30, 2020
Rankings and estimates from the National Education Association say more than 3.35 million students graduated from public high schools in 2018-19.

The number of public high school graduates rose slightly in 2018-19, according to data from the National Education Association.

The NEA's Rankings of the States 2019 and Estimates of School Statistics 2020 reports that 3,359,289 students graduated from public high schools in 2018-19 compared with 3,333,546 students in 2017-18—an increase of 0.77%.

More than one in eight of the graduates were from California, the most populous state. It accounted for 423,457 graduates.

Here are the 10 states that had the most public high school graduates in 2018-19:

State                        Graduates

California                423,457
Texas                       351,354
Florida                     188,657
New York                184,953
Illinois                      136,434
Pennsylvania          118,252
Ohio                          118,000
Georgia                    115,585
North Carolina        108,368
Michigan                     98,470

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