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Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006

NCES 2008-053
September 2008


Table 5.  Event dropout rates for public school students in grades 9–12, by state: School years 1993–94 through 2003–04
 
  Event dropout rate (percent)
State 1993
–94
1994
–95
1995
–96
1996
–97
1997
–98
1998
–99
1999
–2000
2000
–01
2001
–02
2002
–03
2003
–04
United States1  3.9 3.9
                       
Alabama2  5.8 6.2 5.6 5.3 4.8 4.4 4.5 4.1 3.7 3.5 3.3
Alaska3  5.6 4.9 4.6 5.3 5.5 8.2 8.1 7.6 7.0
Arizona2  13.7 9.6 10.2 10.0 9.4 8.4 10.9 10.5 8.5 6.7
Arkansas  5.3 4.9 4.1 5.0 5.4 6.0 5.7 5.3 5.3 4.6 4.7
California  3.2 3.3
                       
Colorado  3.5 5.4
Connecticut  4.8 4.9 4.8 3.9 3.5 3.3 3.1 3.0 2.6 2.1 1.8
Delaware  4.6 4.6 4.5 4.5 4.7 4.1 4.1 4.2 6.2 5.5 6.1
District of Columbia  9.5 10.6 12.8 8.2 7.2
Florida2  4.4 3.7 3.4 3.4
                       
Georgia  8.7 9.0 8.5 8.2 7.3 7.4 7.2 7.2 6.5 5.8 5.4
Hawaii3  5.2 5.3 5.3 5.7 5.1 4.7 4.8
Idaho3  8.5 9.2 8.0 7.2 6.7 6.9 5.6 3.9 3.9 3.1
Illinois2  6.8 6.6 6.4 6.6 6.9 6.5 6.2 6.0 6.4 5.7 5.3
Indiana  2.3 2.2 2.5
                       
Iowa  3.2 3.5 3.1 2.9 2.9 2.5 2.5 2.7 2.4 1.9 2.1
Kansas  3.2 3.1 2.4 2.2
Kentucky  5.2 4.9 5.0 4.6 4.0 3.3 3.3
Louisiana4  4.7 3.5 11.6 11.6 11.4 10.0 9.2 8.3 7.0 7.5 7.9
Maine  3.1 3.4 3.1 3.2 3.2 3.3 3.3 3.1 2.8 2.8 2.7
                       
Maryland2  5.2 5.2 4.8 4.9 4.3 4.4 4.1 4.1 3.9 3.6 4.1
Massachusetts  3.7 3.6 3.4 3.4 3.2 3.6 3.5 3.4 3.3 3.7
Michigan  4.5 4.6
Minnesota  5.1 5.2 5.2 5.5 4.9 4.5 4.3 4.0 3.8 3.8 3.2
Mississippi  6.1 6.4 6.2 6.0 5.8 5.0 4.9 4.6 3.9 3.7 2.9
                       
Missouri  7.0 7.0 6.5 5.8 5.2 4.8 4.4 4.2 3.6 3.3 3.3
Montana  5.6 5.1 4.4 4.5 4.2 4.2 3.9 3.6 3.4
Nebraska  4.6 4.5 4.5 4.3 4.4 4.2 4.0 4.0 4.2 3.1 2.8
Nevada  9.8 10.3 9.6 10.2 10.1 7.9 6.2 5.2 6.4 6.1 6.0
New Hampshire  5.4 4.0 3.8 3.8
                       
New Jersey2  4.3 4.0 4.1 3.7 3.5 3.1 3.1 2.8 2.5 1.8 1.8
New Mexico  8.1 8.5 8.3 7.5 7.1 6.7 6.0 5.3 5.2 4.7 5.2
New York3  3.2 4.0 4.1 3.8 7.1 5.5 5.6
North Carolina  6.3 5.7 5.2 5.2
North Dakota  2.7 2.5 2.5 2.7 2.8 2.4 2.7 2.2 2.0 2.2 2.0
                       
Ohio3  3.1 3.0 3.3
Oklahoma3  4.6 5.8 5.7 5.9 5.8 5.2 5.4 5.2 4.4 4.0 3.9
Oregon  7.3 7.1 7.0 6.8 6.3 6.2 5.3 4.9 4.4
Pennsylvania  3.8 4.1 4.0 3.9 3.9 3.7 4.0 3.6 3.3 3.2 2.9
Rhode Island  4.9 4.6 4.6 4.7 4.9 4.5 4.8 5.0 4.3 4.0 3.4
                       
South Carolina  3.3 3.3 3.2 3.4
South Dakota3  5.3 5.3 5.7 4.5 3.1 4.5 3.5 3.9 2.8 3.3 4.2
Tennessee2  4.8 5.0 4.9 5.1 5.0 4.6 4.2 4.3 3.8 3.2 3.3
Texas  5.0 4.2 3.8 3.6 3.6
Utah  3.1 3.5 4.4 4.5 5.2 4.7 4.1 3.7 3.7 3.9 3.8
                       
Vermont2  4.8 4.7 5.3 5.0 5.2 4.6 4.7 4.7 4.0 3.5 2.8
Virginia3  4.8 5.2 4.7 4.6 4.8 4.5 3.9 3.5 2.9 3.0 2.8
Washington  7.1 6.2 6.5
West Virginia  3.8 4.2 3.8 4.1 4.1 4.9 4.2 4.2 3.7 3.7 4.3
Wisconsin3  3.1 2.7 2.4 2.7 2.8 1.8 2.6 2.3 1.9 2.0
Wyoming3  6.5 6.7 5.7 6.2 6.4 5.1 5.7 6.4 5.8 4.5 4.6
— Not available. These states do not report dropouts that are consistent with the NCES definition.
1 Average event dropout rate for all reporting states. Prior to 2002–03, too few states reported to calculate a national-level estimate.
2 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).
3 The following states reported data using the alternative calendar of one July to the next in the years indicated: Alaska (1995–96 and 1999–2000 through 2001–02); Hawaii (2000–01); Idaho (1993–94 through 1998–99); New York (1998–99 and 2000–01 through 2003–04); 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).
4 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 2003 to October 2004). Data are reported by states to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. The 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 those in previously published reports because of updates to the estimates.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (n.d.) Documentation to the NCES Common Core of Data Local Education Agency Universe Dropout and Completion Data File: School Years 199192 Through 199697, tables 2a, 2b, 2c, and 2d; Sable, J., and Naum, J. (2004), Documentation to the NCES Common Core of Data Local Education Agency Universe Survey Dropout and Completion Data File: School Year 199798 (NCES 2001-302R), table E-1; Sable, J., and Naum, J. (2004). Documentation to the NCES Common Core of Data Local Education Agency Universe Survey Dropout and Completion Data File: School Year 199899 (NCES 2002-310R), table E-3; Sable, J., and Naum, J. (2004). Documentation to the NCES Common Core of Data Local Education Agency Universe Survey Dropout and Completion Data File: School Year 19992000 (NCES 2002-384R), table E-3; Sable, J., and Naum, J. (2004). Documentation to the NCES Common Core of Data Local Education Agency Universe Survey Dropout and Completion Data File: School Year 200001 (NCES 2002-315R), table E-3; Sable, J., Naum, J., and Thomas, J.M. (2004). Documentation to the NCES Common Core of Data Local Education Agency Universe Survey Dropout and Completion Data File: School Year 200102 (NCES 2005-349), table E-2; Chapman, C., and Hoffman, L. (2007). Event Dropout Rates for Public School Students in Grades 912: 200203 and 200304 (NCES 2007-026), table 1.

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