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Dropout Rates in the United States: 2005
NCES 2007-059
June 2007

Table 5.  Event dropout rates for public school students in grades 912, by state: School years 199394 through 200102

State Event dropout rate (percent)
1993–94 1994–95 1995–96 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–00 2000–01 2001–02
                   
Alabama1 5.8 6.2 5.6 5.3 4.8 4.4 4.5 4.1 3.7
Alaska2 5.6 4.9 4.6 5.3 5.5 8.2 8.1
Arizona1 13.7 9.6 10.2 10.0 9.4 8.4 10.9 10.5
Arkansas 5.3 4.9 4.1 5.0 5.4 6.0 5.7 5.3 5.3
California
                   
Colorado
Connecticut 4.8 4.9 4.8 3.9 3.5 3.3 3.1 3.0 2.6
Delaware 4.6 4.6 4.5 4.5 4.7 4.1 4.1 4.2 6.2
District of Columbia 9.5 10.6 12.8 8.2 7.2
Florida1 4.4 3.7
                   
Georgia 8.7 9.0 8.5 8.2 7.3 7.4 7.2 7.2 6.5
Hawaii2 5.2 5.3 5.3 5.7 5.1
Idaho2 8.5 9.2 8.0 7.2 6.7 6.9 5.6 3.9
Illinois1 6.8 6.6 6.4 6.6 6.9 6.5 6.2 6.0 6.4
Indiana 2.3
                   
Iowa 3.2 3.5 3.1 2.9 2.9 2.5 2.5 2.7 2.4
Kansas 3.2 3.1
Kentucky 5.2 4.9 5.0 4.6 4.0
Louisiana3 4.7 3.5 11.6 11.6 11.4 10.0 9.2 8.3 7.0
Maine 3.1 3.4 3.1 3.2 3.2 3.3 3.3 3.1 2.8
                   
Maryland1 5.2 5.2 4.8 4.9 4.3 4.4 4.1 4.1 3.9
Massachusetts 3.7 3.6 3.4 3.4 3.2 3.6 3.5 3.4
Michigan
Minnesota 5.1 5.2 5.2 5.5 4.9 4.5 4.3 4.0 3.8
Mississippi 6.1 6.4 6.2 6.0 5.8 5.0 4.9 4.6 3.9
                   
Missouri 7.0 7.0 6.5 5.8 5.2 4.8 4.4 4.2 3.6
Montana 5.6 5.1 4.4 4.5 4.2 4.2 3.9
Nebraska 4.6 4.5 4.5 4.3 4.4 4.2 4.0 4.0 4.2
Nevada 9.8 10.3 9.6 10.2 10.1 7.9 6.2 5.2 6.4
New Hampshire 5.4 4.0
                   
New Jersey1 4.3 4.0 4.1 3.7 3.5 3.1 3.1 2.8 2.5
New Mexico 8.1 8.5 8.3 7.5 7.1 6.7 6.0 5.3 5.2
New York1 3.2 4.0 4.1 3.8 7.1
North Carolina 6.3 5.7
North Dakota 2.7 2.5 2.5 2.7 2.8 2.4 2.7 2.2 2.0
                   
Ohio2 3.1
Oklahoma2 4.6 5.8 5.7 5.9 5.8 5.2 5.4 5.2 4.4
Oregon 7.3 7.1 7.0 6.8 6.3 6.2 5.3 4.9
Pennsylvania 3.8 4.1 4.0 3.9 3.9 3.7 4.0 3.6 3.3
Rhode Island 4.9 4.6 4.6 4.7 4.9 4.5 4.8 5.0 4.3
                   
South Carolina 3.3 3.3
South Dakota2 5.3 5.3 5.7 4.5 3.1 4.5 3.5 3.9 2.8
Tennessee1 4.8 5.0 4.9 5.1 5.0 4.6 4.2 4.3 3.8
Texas 5.0 4.2 3.8
Utah 3.1 3.5 4.4 4.5 5.2 4.7 4.1 3.7 3.7
                   
Vermont1 4.8 4.7 5.3 5.0 5.2 4.6 4.7 4.7 4.0
Virginia2 4.8 5.2 4.7 4.6 4.8 4.5 3.9 3.5 2.9
Washington 7.1
West Virginia 3.8 4.2 3.8 4.1 4.1 4.9 4.2 4.2 3.7
Wisconsin2 3.1 2.7 2.4 2.7 2.8 1.8 2.6 2.3 1.9
Wyoming2 6.5 6.7 5.7 6.2 6.4 5.1 5.7 6.4 5.8
— Not available. These states do not report dropouts that are consistent with the NCES definition.
1 These states used an alternative calendar for each year shown, reporting students who drop out between one July and the next. The rates from both calendar approaches are comparable (see Winglee et al. 2000).
2 The following states reported data using the alternative calendar of one July to the next in the years indicated: Alaska (1995–96, 1999–2000, 2000–01, and 2001–02), Hawaii (2000–01), Idaho (1993–94 through 1998–99), Ohio (1993–94), Oklahoma (1993–94 through 2000–01), South Dakota (1993–94 through 1998–99), Virginia (1993–94 through 1999–2000), Wisconsin (1993–94 through 1996–97 and 1998–99), and Wyoming (1993–94).
3 Effective in the 1995–96 school year, Louisiana changed its dropout data collection from school–level aggregate counts reported to districts to an individual student–record system. The apparent increase in the dropout rate is partly due to the resulting increased ability to track students.
NOTE: These event dropout rates measure the percentage of public school students in grades 9–12 who dropped out of school between one October and the next (e.g., October 2001 to October 2002). Data are reported by states to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Common Core of Data (CCD) includes public school students only. For event dropout rates by state for the 1991–92 through 1992–93 school years, see Young (2003), Public High School Dropouts and Completers from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2000–01 (NCES 2004–310). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. Some estimates differ from previously published reports because of updates to the estimates.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), “Local Education Agency Universe Survey Dropout and Completion Data File: School Years 1991–92 through 1996–97” Version 1a and “Local Education Agency Universe Survey Dropout and Completion Data File” School Years 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, Versions 1b, and 2001–02 Version 0d. The data in the 2001–02 Version 0d file are preliminary data.

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