Dropping Out in Iowa
Figure 1.1: Iowa State Total Dropouts
For the 2014-2015 academic year, more than 90% of eligible Iowa students successfully graduated high school making it the highest performing state in the country with respect to graduation rate, and the first state in recent memory to see such results. Using publicly-available education data released by the State of Iowa, it can be seen that cities which account for just 17% of the three and a half million residents, also account for more than 30% of high school dropouts.
Table 1.1: Iowa State population and dropout rate
Table 1.2: Cities with high dropout rates
*Dropout rate is a calculation of the percent of residents that dropped out, not eligible residents who dropped out.
While Iowa is certainly ahead of the curve with respect to overall graduation rates, the cities shown above have plenty of room improve.