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Education Data

Education helps ensure that people have the opportunity to live healthy lives in healthy communities. For example, people with more education are more likely to have well-paying jobs and to live in communities with better access to resources, like high-quality schools, transportation, and healthy foods. more


To assess Rhode Island's progress towards advancing health equity, as part of the Rhode Island Health Equity Measures.

Key Information

Measure Percentage of high school students graduating with a regular diploma within four years
Data Source Rhode Island Department of Education (available annually)
Strata Race/Ethnicity, Economic Status, Disability, City/Town
What this measure means This measure shows the percentage of students graduating from high school in four years, by municipality, race/ethnicity, economic status, and disability status. The four-year graduation rate data are also available by race/ethnicity and economic status within each school district. These data are also available in an interactive graphic display.

Key Findings, 2017

  • The graduation rate among economically disadvantaged students in Rhode Island was 76%, compared to 93.4% among students who were not economically disadvantaged.
  • Hispanic and multiracial students had the lowest 4-year graduation rates among all races/ethnicities, at 75.8% and 79.3% respectively.
  • Woonsocket, Providence, and Central Falls were the cities/towns with the lowest 4-year graduation rates among high school students in 2017.

Rhode Island Numbers