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Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006

NCES 2008-053
September 2008


Table 9.  Status completion rates, and number and distribution of completers ages 18–24 not currently enrolled in high school or below, by selected background characteristics: October 2006
 
Characteristic Completion rate (percent) Number of completers (thousands) Population (thousands) Percent of all completers Percent of population
Total  87.8 23,331 26,568 100.0 100.0
           
Sex           
Male  86.5 11,462 13,254 49.1 49.9
Female  89.1 11,869 13,314 50.9 50.1
           
Race/ethnicity1           
White, non-Hispanic  92.6 15,413 16,646 66.1 62.7
Black, non-Hispanic  84.8 3,027 3,568 13.0 13.4
Hispanic  70.9 3,272 4,614 14.0 17.4
Asian/Pacific Islander,           
non-Hispanic  95.8 1,108 1,157 4.7 4.4
More than one race  89.7 384 428 1.6 1.6
           
Age           
18–19  87.6 5,740 6,551 24.6 24.7
20–21  87.7 6,936 7,910 29.7 29.8
22–24  88.0 10,656 12,106 45.7 45.6
           
Recency of immigration           
Born outside the 50 states and           
District of Columbia           
Hispanic  57.7 1,251 2,166 5.4 8.2
Non-Hispanic  89.7 1,375 1,533 5.9 5.8
First generation2           
Hispanic  81.9 1,149 1,403 4.9 5.3
Non-Hispanic  95.0 1,558 1,641 6.7 6.2
Second generation or higher2           
Hispanic  83.5 872 1,044 3.7 3.9
Non-Hispanic  91.2 17,125 18,781 73.4 70.7
           
Region           
Northeast  91.5 4,283 4,680 18.4 17.6
Midwest  91.7 5,453 5,950 23.4 22.4
South  85.0 8,167 9,610 35.0 36.2
West  85.8 5,428 6,328 23.3 23.8
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: Status completion rates measure the percentage of 18- through 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in high school and who also hold a high school diploma or equivalent credential, such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Those still enrolled in high school are excluded from the analysis. 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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