From 2000 to 2010, the rate of population growth in the SREB region was the fastest of any region in the nation. The region grew 14.3 percent compared with the West, which grew 13.8 percent; the Midwest, which increased 3.9 percent; and the Northeast, which grew 3.2 percent. The nationwide increase was 9.7 percent.
For nearly a decade, states have had flexibility in collecting and reporting graduation rate data for state and federal accountability purposes. But in 2008, the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidelines that require all states to report a new rate – the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate - beginning in the 2011-2012 school year.