The chart below shows the percentage of students who graduated from high school within four years in Quincy Public Schools compared to the average percentage for the state of Illinois (source: Illinois State Report Card). A high school diploma is vital both for students who plan to enter college and students who plan to enter the workforce. In order to ensure that graduates are ready for college and career, it is important to evaluate graduation rate in the context of student achievement, college-readiness, and career-readiness.