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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 17b.

Percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who were high school status dropouts, by nativity and race/ethnicity with Hispanic and Asian subgroups: 2005


Race/ethnicity and subgroup Number Total Native Foreign-
born
Total1 34,602,000 10.5 8.6 25.2
White 21,163,000 7.2 7.2 6.3
Black 4,786,000 11.6 11.8 8.5
Hispanic 6,190,000 22.8 13.2 38.1
Mexican 4,150,000 25.5 13.8 41.9
Puerto Rican 502,000 16.9 16.9
Dominican 172,000 14.2 10.6! 17.7
Central American 469,000 32.6 9.9! 43.7
South American 267,000 9.1 4.8! 11.8
Other Hispanic or Latino 629,000 10.9 9.7 17.8
Asian 1,423,000 3.5 2.9 4.0
Asian Indian 236,000 3.1! 1.6! 4.0!
Chinese 297,000 2.2! 0.6! 3.8!
Filipino 266,000 3.2! 2.8! 3.6!
Japanese 55,000 2.1! 2.8! #
Korean 167,000 2.0! 3.7! 1.0!
Vietnamese 166,000 2.0! 1.9! 5.6!
Other Asian 236,000 6.9 6.6! 7.2!
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 53,000 9.8! 7.7! 18.2!
American Indian/Alaska Native 286,000 15.5 15.6
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution.
Reporting standards not met. Sample size too small.
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: The data presented here represent status dropout rates, which is the percentage of civilian, non-institutionalized 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. This table uses a different data source from table 17a, and therefore estimates are not directly comparable to the 2005 estimates in table 1a. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2005.
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