However, data from the October 2000 CPS show no significant differences in event dropout rates among any of the race/ethnicity categories (table 1). The event dropout rate for Hispanic students in 2000 was 7.4 percent, for Blacks 6.1 percent, for Whites 4.1 percent, and for Asians/Pacific Islanders 3.5 percent13. (While some of these differences appear to be proportionally large, none are statistically significant at the 0.05 level, due to relatively large standard errors.)14 Similar comparisons using 1999, 1998, and 1997 CPS data have found some differences, with Hispanic students being at greater risk of dropping out.
12President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, Our Nation on the Fault Line: Hispanic American Education, A report to the President of the United States, the Nation, and the Secretary of Education, United States Department of Education, September, 1996.
13The racial/ethnic categories used in this report are Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic). However, for convenience, the labels Black, White, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander are used in the report.14The estimates for the dropout rate and number of dropouts among Asians/Pacific Islanders will show large year-to-year fluctuations due to the relatively small sample sizes of 15- through 24-year old Asians/Pacific Islanders in the October CPS.