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Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006

NCES 2008-053
September 2008


Table 6.  Status dropout rates and number and distribution of dropouts of 16- through 24-year-olds, by selected background characteristics: October 2006
 
Characteristic Status dropout rate (percent) Number of status dropouts (thousands) Population (thousands) Percent of all dropouts Percent of population
Total  9.3 3,462 37,047 100.0 100.0
           
Sex           
Male  10.3 1,935 18,707 55.9 50.5
Female  8.3 1,527 18,340 44.1 49.5
           
Race/ethnicity1           
White, non-Hispanic  5.8 1,337 22,863 38.6 61.7
Black, non-Hispanic  10.7 565 5,260 16.3 14.2
Hispanic  22.1 1,421 6,439 41.0 17.4
Asian/Pacific Islander,           
non-Hispanic  3.6 56 1,549 1.6 4.2
More than one race  7.0 49 703 1.4 1.9
           
Age           
16  2.8 124 4,462 3.6 12.0
17  5.0 210 4,212 6.1 11.4
18  8.6 356 4,120 10.3 11.1
19  9.7 386 3,982 11.2 10.7
20–24  11.8 2,385 20,270 68.9 54.7
           
Recency of immigration           
Born outside the 50 states and           
District of Columbia           
Hispanic  36.2 959 2,648 27.7 7.1
Non-Hispanic  6.6 126 1,898 3.6 5.1
First generation2           
Hispanic  12.3 270 2,196 7.8 5.9
Non-Hispanic  4.2 100 2,387 2.9 6.4
Second generation or higher2           
Hispanic  12.1 193 1,595 5.6 4.3
Non-Hispanic  6.9 1,815 26,322 52.4 71.1
           
Region           
Northeast  6.5 426 6,523 12.3 17.6
Midwest  6.1 515 8,390 14.9 22.6
South  11.7 1,577 13,467 45.6 36.4
West  10.9 945 8,666 27.3 23.4
1 Respondents were able to identify themselves as being “more than one race.” The White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic categories consist of individuals who considered themselves to be one race and who did not identify as Hispanic. Non-Hispanics who identified as multiracial are included in the “more than one race” category. The Hispanic category consists of Hispanics of all races and racial combinations. Due to small sample size, American Indians/Alaska Natives are included in the total but are not shown separately.
2 Individuals defined as “first generation” were born in the 50 states or the District of Columbia, and one or both of their parents were born outside the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Individuals defined as “second generation or higher” were born in the 50 states or the District of Columbia, as were both of their parents.
NOTE: The status dropout rate indicates the percentage of 16- through 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in high school and who lack a high school credential. High school credentials include high school diplomas and equivalent credentials, such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 2006.

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