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Public High School Dropouts and Completers from the Common Core of Data: School Years 1991-92 through 1997-98
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Table 2.—Dropout rate for grades 9–12, by state: School years 1991–92 through 1997–98
State 1997–98 1996–97 1995–96 1994–95 1993–94 1992–93 1991–92
Alabama1
4.8 5.3 5.6 6.2 5.8
Alaska2
4.6 4.9 5.6
Arizona1
9.4 10.0 10.2 9.6 13.7 10.3 11.0
Arkansas
5.4 5.0 4.1 4.9 5.3 4.8 4.1
California
 
Colorado
Connecticut
3.5 3.9 4.8 4.9 4.8 4.6
Delaware
4.7 4.5 4.5 4.6 4.6 4.2
District of Columbia
12.8 10.6 9.5 10.1 11.5
Florida
 
Georgia
7.3 8.2 8.5 9.0 8.7
Hawaii
Idaho1
6.7 7.2 8.0 9.2 8.5
Illinois1
6.9 6.6 6.4 6.6 6.8
Indiana
 
Iowa
2.9 2.9 3.1 3.5 3.2
Kansas
Kentucky
5.2
Louisiana3
11.4 11.6 11.6 3.5 4.7
Maine
3.2 3.2 3.1 3.4 3.1
 
Maryland1
4.3 4.9 4.8 5.2 5.2
Massachusetts
3.2 3.4 3.4 3.6 3.7 3.5 3.2
Michigan
Minnesota
4.9 5.5 5.2 5.2 5.1
Mississippi
5.8 6.0 6.2 6.4 6.1 5.6 5.3
 
Missouri
5.2 5.8 6.5 7.0 7.0 6.2 6.2
Montana
4.4 5.1 5.6
Nebraska
4.4 4.3 4.5 4.5 4.6 3.8 3.6
Nevada
10.1 10.2 9.6 10.3 9.8 8.3 7.8
New Hampshire
 
New Jersey1
3.5 3.7 4.1 4.0 4.3
New Mexico
7.1 7.5 8.3 8.5 8.1 7.8 7.5
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
2.8 2.7 2.5 2.5 2.7 2.3
 
Ohio2
5.1 5.2 5.4 5.3 4.7
Oklahoma1
5.8 5.9 5.7 5.8 4.6
Oregon
7.0 7.1 7.3 5.8 5.9
Pennsylvania
3.9 3.9 4.0 4.1 3.8 3.7 3.7
Rhode Island
4.9 4.7 4.6 4.6 4.9 4.6 4.8
 
South Carolina
South Dakota1
3.1 4.5 5.7 5.3 5.3
Tennessee1
5.0 5.1 4.9 5.0 4.8
Texas
Utah
5.2 4.5 4.4 3.5 3.1
 
Vermont1
5.2 5.0 5.3 4.7 4.8
Virginia1
4.8 4.6 4.7 5.2 4.8
Washington
West Virginia
4.1 4.1 3.8 4.2 3.8
Wisconsin1
2.8 2.7 2.4 2.7 3.1
Wyoming2
6.4 6.2 5.7 6.7 6.5
 
Outlying areas and DOD Dependents Schools
DOD Dependents Schools
American Samoa
2.0 1.1 0.2 1.4 1.4 0.9 1.8
Guam
16.2 16.7 13.9 13.1 11.3 8.7 6.6
Northern Marianas
13.2 8.6 5.0 5.4 3.2
Puerto Rico2
1.3 1.6 1.5 2.2 2.2 2.5
Virgin Islands
6.8 3.5 2.3 6.0 3.1 6.4 3.7
 
— Data missing.
1 This state reported on an alternative July-June cycle rather than the specified October-September cycle.
2 The following states reported data using an alternative calendar in the years indicated: Alaska (1995–96), Ohio (1993–94), Wyoming (1993–94), and Puerto Rico (all years except 1997–98).
3 Effective with the 1995–96 school year, Louisiana changed its dropout data collection from school-level aggregate counts reported by districts to an individual, student-record system. The increase in the droput rate is due in part to the increased ability to track students.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data, "Local Education Agency Universe Survey Dropout Data and Completion File: School Years 1991–92 through 1996–97," and "Local Education Agency Universe Dropout File: School Year 1997–98."

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