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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2007-039
September 2007

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Table 17a.

Percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who were high school status dropouts, by race/ethnicity: 1989-2005


Year Total White Black Hispanic Asian/
Pacific
Islander
American
Indian/
Alaska
Native
1989 12.6 9.4 14.0 33.0 7.5! 21.6!
1990 12.1 9.0 13.4 32.4 4.9! 16.4!
1991 12.5 8.9 13.6 35.3 3.5! 18.7!
1992 11.0 7.7 13.7 29.5 5.7! 17.5!
1993 11.0 7.9 13.5 27.5 5.8! 14.6!
1994 11.4 7.7 12.6 30.0 5.8! 10.2!
1995 12.0 8.6 12.1 30.0 3.9! 13.4!
1996 11.1 7.3 13.0 29.4 5.3 13.0!
1997 11.0 7.6 13.4 25.3 6.9 14.5!
1998 11.8 7.7 13.8 29.5 4.1! 11.8!
2000 10.9 6.9 13.1 27.8 3.8! 14.0!
2001 10.7 7.3 10.9 27.0 3.6! 13.1!
2002 10.5 6.5 11.3 25.7 3.9 16.8!
2003 9.9 1 6.3 10.9 23.5 3.9! 15.0!
2004 10.3 1 6.8 11.8 23.8 3.6! 17.0!
2005 9.4 1 6.0 10.4 22.4 2.9! 14.0!
! Interpret data with caution.
1 For 2003, 2004, and 2005, total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: The data presented here represent status dropout rates, which is the percentage of civilian, noninstitutionalized 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in high school and who have not earned a high school credential (either a diploma or equivalency credential such as a GED). The status dropout rate includes all dropouts regardless of when they last attended school, as well as individuals who may have never attended school in the United States, such as immigrants who did not complete a high school diploma in their home country. Another way of calculating dropout rates is the event dropout rate, which is the percentage of 15- to 24-year-olds who dropped out of grades 10 through 12 in the 12 months preceding the fall of each data collection year. Data for 1999 have been suppressed due to unstable estimates. This table uses a different data source from table 17b, and therefore estimates are not directly comparable to the 2005 estimates in table 17b. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 1989–2005.
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