Western Region: Data & Implications

Hear from WICHE staff about how, after an increase of 24 percent in the number of graduates in the West between 2000 and 2012, the total number of graduates is expected to increase by 4 percent from the class of 2013 to the class of 2024. Then, high school graduates from the West are projected to decrease 8 percent in the early 2030's. Most of the growth in the region comes from the growing Hispanic youth population, with variation across the Western states. Kim Poast with Denver Public Schools and Rod Gramer with Idaho Business for Education discuss what these trends mean for their states and offer ideas about improving educational outcomes among high school graduates.