The report relies on the Public high school 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate data provided by NCES. Data is reported for all students, by race/ethnicity, and by participation in certain school programs. You can find the data here (from EdWeek) or here (from NCES).
The following table shows the percents for the U.S. and for Kansas from 2014 along with Kansas's rank on each measure:
|American Indian / Alaska Native||69.6||76.0||21|
|Asian / Pacific Islander||89.4||90.0||16|
|Limited English proficiency||62.6||75.0||6|
|Students with disabilities||63.1||76.7||4|
As the data shows, Kansas has a higher graduation rate than the rest of the country across all categories. In addition, Kansas ranks very high in terms of graduation rates for students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency, fairly high in terms of graduation rates for Asian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Black students, and above average for all students, American Indian / Alaska Native, White, and economically disadvantaged students.
However, comparing this data to the same statistics from 2011 (the first year it was available), we can see that Kansas has gone from 12th to 21st among the states in terms of the graduation rate for all students. Kansas's ranks for the rate for Hispanic students, students with limited English proficiency, and students with disabilities have all gone up, but Kansas's ranks for the graduation rate of all other groups have gone down.
|American Indian / Alaska Native||65||72||18|
|Asian / Pacific Islander||87||88||14|
|Limited English proficiency||57||70||8|
|Students with disabilities||59||73||3|
The actual graduation rates for Kansas have increased across all categories, but Kansas appears to be losing its advantage; as the U.S. graduation rates appear to be increasing at a higher rate than the Kansas rates.
This data echos others KASB has reported recently because it shows that, though Kansas still does better than average, recent trends indicate we are not staying as far ahead of the crowd as we used to.