Dear Commons Community,
The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education has just issued a new report, Knocking on the College Door, which provides enrollment and graduation data (2001-2032) by state for our country’s high schools. The report’s website is quite comprehensive and in addition to the report and the executive summary, data files on all fifty states are available for free download. This is a treasure trove of data for anyone seeking information on this population.
In looking at the chart above, the overall number of high school graduates will plateau for most of the next decade with 7 of the 10 years from 2013 to 2023 expected to see fewer or about the same number of graduates compared to 2013, which was the year with highest recorded number of U.S. graduates yet. While the country is projected to see three years of growth between 2024 and 2026, this will be a short- term increase as the average size of graduating classes between 2027 and 2032 is expected to be smaller than those in 2013.