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Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006

NCES 2008-053
September 2008


Table 3.  Event dropout rates of 15- through 24-year-olds who dropped out of grades 10–12, by sex and race/ethnicity: October 1972 through October 2006
 
  Total (percent) Sex (percent)   Race/ethnicity (percent)1
Year2 Male Female   White,
non-Hispanic
Black,
non-Hispanic
Hispanic
1972  6.1 5.9 6.3   5.3 9.5 11.2
1973  6.3 6.8 5.7   5.5 9.9 10.0
1974  6.7 7.4 6.0   5.8 11.6 9.9
1975  5.8 5.4 6.1   5.0 8.7 10.9
1976  5.9 6.6 5.2   5.6 7.4 7.3
               
1977  6.5 6.9 6.1   6.1 8.6 7.8
1978  6.7 7.5 5.9   5.8 10.2 12.3
1979  6.7 6.8 6.7   6.0 9.9 9.8
1980  6.1 6.7 5.5   5.2 8.2 11.7
1981  5.9 6.0 5.8   4.8 9.7 10.7
               
1982  5.5 5.8 5.1   4.7 7.8 9.2
1983  5.2 5.8 4.7   4.4 7.0 10.1
1984  5.1 5.4 4.8   4.4 5.7 11.1
1985  5.2 5.4 5.0   4.3 7.8 9.8
1986  4.7 4.7 4.7   3.7 5.4 11.9
               
1987  4.1 4.3 3.8   3.5 6.4 5.4
1988  4.8 5.1 4.4   4.2 5.9 10.4
1989  4.5 4.5 4.5   3.5 7.8 7.8
1990  4.0 4.0 3.9   3.3 5.0 7.9
1991  4.0 3.8 4.2   3.2 6.0 7.3
               
1992  4.4 3.9 4.9   3.7 5.0 8.2
1993  4.5 4.6 4.3   3.9 5.8 6.7
1994  5.3 5.2 5.4   4.2 6.6 10.0
1995  5.7 6.2 5.3   4.5 6.4 12.4
1996  5.0 5.0 5.1   4.1 6.7 9.0
               
1997  4.6 5.0 4.1   3.6 5.0 9.5
1998  4.8 4.6 4.9   3.9 5.2 9.4
1999  5.0 4.6 5.4   4.0 6.5 7.8
2000  4.8 5.5 4.1   4.1 6.1 7.4
2001  5.0 5.6 4.3   4.1 6.3 8.8
               
2002  3.6 3.7 3.4   2.6 4.9 5.8
2003  4.0 4.2 3.8   3.2 4.8 7.1
2004  4.7 5.1 4.3   3.7 5.7 8.9
2005  3.8 4.2 3.4   2.8 7.3 5.0
2006  3.8 4.1 3.4   2.9 3.8 7.0
! Interpret data with caution. Due to relatively large standard errors, estimates are unstable.
1 Beginning in 2003, respondents were able to identify themselves as being “more than one race.” The 2003 through 2006 White, non-Hispanic and Black, non-Hispanic categories consist of individuals who considered themselves to be one race and who did not identify as Hispanic. The Hispanic category includes Hispanics of all races and racial combinations. Due to small sample sizes for some or all of the years shown in the table, American Indians/Alaska Natives and Asians/Pacific Islanders are included in the totals but not shown separately. The “more than one race” category is also included in the total in 2003 through 2006 but not shown separately due to small sample size.
2 Estimates beginning in 1987 reflect new editing procedures for cases with missing data on school enrollment items. Estimates beginning in 1992 reflect new wording of the educational attainment item. Estimates beginning in 1994 reflect changes due to newly instituted computer-assisted interviewing. For details about changes in the Current Population Survey (CPS) over time, please see Kaufman, Alt, and Chapman (2004). Dropout Rates in the United States: 2001 (NCES 2005-046). U.S. Department of Education. National Center for Education Statistics. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.
NOTE: The event dropout rate indicates the percentage of youth ages 15 through 24 who dropped out of grades 10–12 between one October and the next (e.g., October 2005 to October 2006). Dropping out is defined as leaving school without a high school diploma or equivalent credential, such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October (1972–2006).

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