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Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006

NCES 2008-053
September 2008


Table 8.  Status dropout rates of 16- through 24-year-olds, by sex and race/ethnicity: October 1972 through October 2006
 
            Race/ethnicity (percent)1
      Sex (percent)   White,
non-Hispanic
Black,
non-Hispanic
Hispanic
Year2 Total (percent)   Male Female  
1972  14.6   14.1 15.1   12.3 21.3 34.3
1973  14.1   13.7 14.5   11.6 22.2 33.5
1974  14.3   14.2 14.4   11.9 21.2 33.0
1975  13.9   13.3 14.5   11.4 22.9 29.2
1976  14.1   14.1 14.2   12.0 20.5 31.4
                 
1977  14.1   14.5 13.8   11.9 19.8 33.0
1978  14.2   14.6 13.9   11.9 20.2 33.3
1979  14.6   15.0 14.2   12.0 21.1 33.8
1980  14.1   15.1 13.1   11.4 19.1 35.2
1981  13.9   15.1 12.8   11.4 18.4 33.2
                 
1982  13.9   14.5 13.3   11.4 18.4 31.7
1983  13.7   14.9 12.5   11.2 18.0 31.6
1984  13.1   14.0 12.3   11.0 15.5 29.8
1985  12.6   13.4 11.8   10.4 15.2 27.6
1986  12.2   13.1 11.4   9.7 14.2 30.1
                 
1987  12.7   13.3 12.2   10.4 14.1 28.6
1988  12.9   13.5 12.2   9.6 14.5 35.8
1989  12.6   13.6 11.7   9.4 13.9 33.0
1990  12.1   12.3 11.8   9.0 13.2 32.4
1991  12.5   13.0 11.9   8.9 13.6 35.3
                 
1992  11.0   11.3 10.7   7.7 13.7 29.4
1993  11.0   11.2 10.9   7.9 13.6 27.5
1994  11.5   12.3 10.6   7.7 12.6 30.0
1995  12.0   12.2 11.7   8.6 12.1 30.0
1996  11.1   11.4 10.9   7.3 13.0 29.4
                 
1997  11.0   11.9 10.1   7.6 13.4 25.3
1998  11.8   13.3 10.3   7.7 13.8 29.5
1999  11.2   11.9 10.5   7.3 12.6 28.6
2000  10.9   12.0 9.9   6.9 13.1 27.8
2001  10.7   12.2 9.3   7.3 10.9 27.0
                 
2002  10.5   11.8 9.2   6.5 11.3 25.7
2003  9.9   11.3 8.4   6.3 10.9 23.5
2004  10.3   11.6 9.0   6.8 11.8 23.8
2005  9.4   10.8 8.0   6.0 10.4 22.4
2006  9.3   10.3 8.3   5.8 10.7 22.1
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 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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