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High School Completion Rates
Region and State
Consistent with findings for event and status dropout rates by region, young adults in the Northeast and Midwest had higher completion rates than their contemporaries living in the South and West (table 4). Approximately 89 to 90 percent of young adults in the Northeast and Midwest, respectively, completed high school compared with 84.0 percent in the South and 82.5 percent in the West.

Often interest in geographic comparisons extends beyond the regional level to state-specific data. In order to compare high school completion on a state-by-state basis, completion rates are computed based on data spanning a 3-year period. The resulting state-specific completion rates represent the average annual rate over the 3-year periods of 1991-93, 1994-96, and 1997-9922. These data show considerable state-by-state variation (table 5). Using the 1997-99 3-year average, the national completion rate was 85.5 percent, with the average completion rates ranging from 74.5 percent in Nevada to 95.3 percent in Vermont.

22 The sample sizes of the numbers of completers at the state level in the CPS are, by definition, substantially smaller than the counts of completers supporting the national estimates (but appreciably larger than the counts of dropouts). To improve the stability of the state-level estimates for high school completion rates, the rates are displayed as 3-year averages (for example, the data for 1991-93 represent the average of the data from 1991, 1992, and 1993, and the data for 1997-99 are based on averages of data from 1997, 1998, and 1999). Even given this situation, sampling variability is increased substantially, especially in states with relatively smaller populations in the 18 through 24 age range. Thus, it is not surprising that the rates for some states fluctuate over the 3-year periods. Moreover, it should be noted that survey respondents may have attended school in a different state from the one in which they lived at the time of the CPS interview.
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