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Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006

NCES 2008-053
September 2008


Table 7.  Status dropout rates, number of status dropouts, and population of 16- through 24-year-olds: October 1972 through October 2006
 
Year1 Status dropout rate (percent) Number of status dropouts (thousands) Population (thousands)
       
1972  14.6 4,769 32,643
1973  14.1 4,717 33,430
1974  14.3 4,847 33,968
1975  13.9 4,823 34,700
1976  14.1 4,980 35,222
       
1977  14.1 5,031 35,658
1978  14.2 5,113 35,931
1979  14.6 5,264 36,131
1980  14.1 5,085 36,143
1981  13.9 5,143 36,945
       
1982  13.9 5,056 36,452
1983  13.7 4,905 35,884
1984  13.1 4,626 35,204
1985  12.6 4,325 34,382
1986  12.2 4,141 33,945
       
1987  12.7 4,252 33,452
1988  12.9 4,230 32,893
1989  12.6 4,038 32,007
1990  12.1 3,797 31,443
1991  12.5 3,881 31,171
       
1992  11.0 3,410 30,944
1993  11.0 3,396 30,845
1994  11.5 3,727 32,560
1995  12.0 3,876 32,379
1996  11.1 3,611 32,452
       
1997  11.0 3,624 32,960
1998  11.8 3,942 33,445
1999  11.2 3,829 34,173
2000  10.9 3,776 34,568
2001  10.7 3,774 35,195
       
2002  10.5 3,721 35,495
2003  9.9 3,552 36,017
2004  10.3 3,766 36,504
2005  9.4 3,458 36,761
2006  9.3 3,462 37,047
1 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 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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October (1972–2006).

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