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Table 126. Number and percentage of 9th- to 12th-graders who dropped out of public schools, by race/ethnicity, grade, and state or jurisdiction: 2009-10
State or jurisdiction Percent of 9th- to 12th-graders who dropped out (event dropout rate), by race/ethnicity Number and percent of 9th- to 12th-graders who dropped out
(event dropout rate), by grade
Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Total White Black His-
panic
Asian/
Pacific
Islander
American
Indian/
Alaska
Native
Two or more races Number of
dropouts
Event
dropout rate
Number of
dropouts
Event
dropout rate
Number of
dropouts
Event
dropout rate
Number of
dropouts
Event
dropout rate
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
United States 3.4 2.3 5.5 5.0 1.9 6.7 104,756 2.6 113,370 3.0 117,536 3.3 175,806 5.1
Alabama 1.8 1.6 2.0 0.9 1.4 1.3 864 1.4 1,128 2.0 1,048 2.1 862 1.8
Alaska 6.9 5.1 6.4 6.1 4.8 11.6 9.6 404 4.0 551 5.5 1,014 9.3 851 8.7
Arizona 7.8 6.8 8.8 8.1 4.9 14.6 4,207 5.1 4,594 5.7 5,269 7.0 10,795 13.6
Arkansas 3.6 3.1 5.0 4.1 2.0 4.9 3.1 720 1.9 1,130 3.2 1,427 4.4 1,613 5.3
California 4.6 2.8 8.4 5.8 2.0 6.5 5.0 13,849 2.6 15,518 3.1 20,625 4.2 42,587 8.9
                               
Colorado 5.3 3.2 8.6 9.9 2.4 10.1 1,957 3.1 2,216 3.7 3,045 5.3 5,673 9.7
Connecticut 3.0 1.4 6.8 6.9 1.1 3.0 1,316 2.8 1,127 2.6 1,452 3.4 1,299 3.2
Delaware 3.9 3.1 4.9 4.7 3.2 10.3 546 4.7 386 3.7 299 3.4 288 3.5
District of Columbia1 7.0 4.9 6.9 8.3 5.4 # 501 8.1 262 5.9 153 4.2 133 4.0
Florida 2.3 1.6 3.5 2.8 0.8 2.7 4,189 1.9 4,348 2.2 4,678 2.4 4,816 2.8
                               
Georgia 3.8 3.1 4.6 4.3 1.5 4.2 3.4 5,800 4.0 5,095 4.2 4,074 3.8 2,800 2.9
Hawaii 5.2 6.4 7.9 5.9 4.7 9.0 562 3.7 816 5.7 726 5.8 632 6.0
Idaho 1.4 1.2 1.9 2.2 1.2 2.5 211 1.0 235 1.1 301 1.5 386 2.0
Illinois 2.9 1.8 5.7 3.8 0.9 3.0 3,482 2.0 5,287 3.1 3,970 2.7 5,801 4.0
Indiana 1.6 1.3 3.1 2.4 1.1 2.2 373 0.4 945 1.2 1,349 1.7 2,346 3.2
                               
Iowa 3.4 2.8 9.1 6.9 2.1 8.9 4.9 363 1.0 713 1.9 1,276 3.5 2,747 7.1
Kansas 2.1 1.8 3.7 2.9 0.7 4.1 2.0 442 1.2 661 1.9 765 2.3 1,105 3.3
Kentucky 3.2 2.9 5.5 5.6 2.0 1.9 1,076 2.0 1,769 3.5 1,762 3.8 1,615 3.7
Louisiana 4.8 3.2 6.8 3.9 2.0 4.8 3,229 5.7 1,920 4.2 1,663 4.1 1,892 4.9
Maine 4.2 4.2 4.9 5.0 3.8 8.6 252 1.7 349 2.3 703 4.8 1,260 8.3
                               
Maryland 2.7 2.0 3.4 4.2 0.9 3.2 1,998 2.7 2,029 3.0 1,686 2.7 1,369 2.2
Massachusetts 2.8 1.7 5.0 7.3 1.7 3.3 3.1 2,356 3.0 2,045 2.8 1,837 2.6 1,847 2.7
Michigan 4.3 2.7 9.2 6.2 3.1 5.4 4,305 3.1 6,661 4.9 5,318 4.2 6,699 5.3
Minnesota 1.6 1.0 3.9 4.2 1.6 5.7 337 0.5 453 0.7 796 1.2 2,752 3.7
Mississippi 7.4 5.6 9.3 5.9 2.8 4.6 # 2,399 6.0 2,651 7.3 2,339 7.3 2,023 7.0
                               
Missouri 3.5 2.4 8.4 4.1 1.5 3.0 2,139 2.9 2,009 2.9 2,449 3.6 3,245 4.8
Montana 4.3 3.5 7.0 6.2 2.0 10.3 340 2.9 435 3.9 527 4.9 599 5.7
Nebraska 2.2 1.6 4.1 4.0 1.8 7.0 186 0.8 372 1.7 538 2.5 825 3.7
Nevada 4.5 3.4 6.5 5.4 3.1 4.7 790 2.3 1,389 4.0 1,294 4.4 2,071 8.0
New Hampshire 1.2 1.1 1.6 2.9 1.1 1.5 1.0 3 # 6 # 90 0.6 667 4.3
                               
New Jersey 1.6 0.9 3.5 2.8 0.4 1.5 3.4 1,696 1.6 1,667 1.6 1,522 1.5 1,594 1.6
New Mexico 6.9 5.3 9.0 7.2 4.6 8.8 4.7 2,229 7.5 2,075 7.8 1,484 6.6 1,021 5.1
New York 3.6 1.7 6.5 5.9 2.4 5.6 7,354 3.1 8,222 3.5 6,674 3.4 8,931 4.7
North Carolina 4.7 4.0 5.4 6.1 2.0 6.1 6,553 5.1 5,535 4.9 4,769 4.8 3,338 3.8
North Dakota 2.2 1.7 2.6 3.5 0.9 7.5 40 0.5 174 2.3 207 2.7 259 3.4
                               
Ohio 4.2 2.8 9.4 7.4 1.4 7.8 6,968 4.4 3,853 2.8 4,574 3.7 7,011 5.9
Oklahoma 2.4 2.1 3.3 3.5 1.1 2.5 949 1.9 1,062 2.3 1,188 2.8 1,086 2.7
Oregon 3.4 2.9 6.2 4.7 1.4 6.7 465 1.0 771 1.7 1,451 3.3 3,299 7.2
Pennsylvania 2.1 1.5 3.7 5.1 1.3 2.2 1,643 1.1 3,029 2.0 3,268 2.3 4,302 3.1
Rhode Island 4.6 3.8 6.6 6.8 4.5 8.5 573 4.4 613 5.0 509 4.7 471 4.4
                               
South Carolina 3.0 2.7 3.3 3.6 1.3 5.6 1,691 2.7 1,811 3.3 1,547 3.2 1,220 2.7
South Dakota 2.6 1.6 3.4 5.2 2.7 10.5 184 1.8 267 2.7 258 2.8 291 3.3
Tennessee 2.7 1.8 4.9 3.3 1.2 2.7 1,370 1.8 1,579 2.1 1,790 2.6 2,843 4.3
Texas 2.7 1.2 4.2 3.6 0.5 3.6 6,945 1.8 8,253 2.5 6,824 2.2 14,048 4.8
Utah 2.6 2.1 3.8 5.5 2.8 5.7 207 0.5 555 1.4 927 2.3 2,444 6.1
                               
Vermont 2.4 2.4 1.5 2.6 2.0 # 4.1 76 1.0 180 2.4 215 3.0 250 3.4
Virginia 2.1 1.4 3.0 4.6 1.2 1.6 1,741 1.7 1,857 1.9 1,934 2.1 2,467 2.8
Washington 4.2 3.6 6.1 5.8 3.0 8.2 2,881 3.4 2,792 3.4 3,472 4.4 4,815 5.8
West Virginia 4.0 4.0 4.6 4.6 0.5 3.6 1.9 809 3.4 848 4.1 839 4.4 798 4.3
Wisconsin 2.2 1.2 7.5 4.7 1.6 5.2 971 1.4 611 0.9 1,222 1.7 3,260 4.6
Wyoming 6.0 5.0 13.1 # 1.7 20.8 94.9 215 3.2 516 7.3 389 6.1 460 7.5
                               
Bureau of Indian                              
Education
                               
DoD, overseas
DoD, domestic
                               
Other jurisdictions                              
American Samoa
Guam
Northern Marianas
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands 5.5 # 5.3 7.4 # # 122 7.2 68 5.5 53 4.7 38 3.7
—Not available.
#Rounds to zero.
‡Reporting standards not met (too few cases for a reliable estimate).
1 Data were imputed based on prior year rates.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Event dropout rates measure the percentage of public school students in grades 9 through 12 who dropped out of school between one October and the next. Enrollment and dropout data for ungraded students were prorated into grades 9 through 12 based on the counts for graded students. DoD stands for Department of Defense.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Dropout and Completion Data File," 2009–10. (This table was prepared November 2012.)
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