2014 Utah Graduation Rate

News release

Asian, Hispanic, Pacific Islander Increases Bolster Utah Graduation Rate

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah’s high school graduation rate increased 2 percent in 2014 to 83 percent fueled in part by a 6 percent increase in Asian graduation rates, a 5 percent increase in Pacific Islander graduation rates and a 4 percent increase among Hispanic students, according to data released today by the Utah State Office of Education (USOE).

A total of 43,049 students graduated from Utah’s public high schools in 2014, USOE noted. In addition to increases among the overall, Asian, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander populations, there was a 1 percent increase among white students. There was no change among American Indian students. The only decrease was among black students, whose numbers fell by 2 percent.

Over the past five years, Utah’s overall high school graduation rate has increased 8 percent from 75 to 83 percent. In that same time there have been across-the-board increases among demographic groups including:

  • American Indian students up 10 percent to 65 percent.
  • Asian students up 10 percent to 85 percent.
  • Black students up 6 percent to 66 percent.
  • Hispanic students up 17 percent to 72 percent
  • Pacific Islander students up 13 percent to 82 percent
  • White students up 7 percent to 86 percent
  • Economically disadvantaged students up 9 percent to 72 percent

“The good news is that Utah public schools are graduating more students and more minority students. Most of our achievement gaps are narrowing,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brad C. Smith. “The bad news is that achievement gaps remain and we need even more students to graduate to create better lives for themselves and a better future for the state.”

You can find the complete 2014 high school graduation report online at: http://www.schools.utah.gov/data/Reports/Graduation-Dropout.aspx.

Here are Utah’s high schools with graduation rates of 95 percent or better for 2014:

  • Carbon High School                                       Price                         98%
  • Itineris Early College High School              West Jordan           98%
  • U. Academy Math, Engineering, Science   Layton                      98%
  • Utah County Academy of Sciences              Orem                         98%
  • Academy for Math, Engineering, Science     Murray                   97%
  • Bountiful High School                                    Bountiful                  97%
  • Davis High School                                           Kaysville                   97%
  • Salem Hills High School                                Salem                        97%
  • Sky View High School                                     Smithfield                96%
  • Altamont High School                                    Altamont                  95%
  • Deseret Hills High School                              St. George                95%
  • Enterprise High School                                  Enterprise                95%
  • Gunnison Valley High School                        Gunnison                 95%
  • Maple Mountain High School                       Spanish Fork            95%
  • Monticello High School                                 Monticello                  95%
  • Rockwell Charter High School                     Eagle Mountain         95%
  • Salt Lake Center for Science Education     Salt Lake City             95%
  • Skyline High School                                       East Mill Creek          95%
  • Springville High School                                Springville                   95%
  • Success Academy                                           Cedar City                    95%





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1 comment to 2014 Utah Graduation Rate

  • Linda Hanks

    I am very disappointed that these results are not completely accurate and released publicly with known mistakes. I know that for Juab School District (of which I am on our school board), that our rate is at 95% for 2014. Our Superintendent and our High School have communicated to the state office about 6 confirmed students who transferred to different high schools – they are not “drop-outs”. Once they leave our school district and go elsewhere, they should not be counted against us. If this is wrong for a school district the size of Juab then I can imagine that there are countless other mistakes. This is information should not be communicated publicly when there are those types of errors. Public Schools are dealing with a lot of public image right now, with SAGE testing, common core talk, school grading, etc. I believe in holding schools and districts accountable, but let ‘s work together on communicating accurate information and not painting a worse picture than reality. In reality we are doing a far better job state wide on educating our kids than ever before and with far less support from homes and legislators.