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Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006

NCES 2008-053
September 2008


Table 10.  Status completion rates, number of completers, and population of 18- through 24-year-olds: October 1972 through October 2006
 
Year1 Completion rate (percent) Number of completers (thousands) Population (thousands)
1972  82.8 19,623 23,688
1973  83.7 20,377 24,349
1974  83.6 20,724 24,794
1975  83.8 21,326 25,436
1976  83.5 21,677 25,953
       
1977  83.6 22,008 26,321
1978  83.6 22,308 26,697
1979  83.1 22,421 26,982
1980  83.9 22,746 27,122
1981  83.8 23,342 27,863
       
1982  83.8 23,290 27,790
1983  83.9 22,988 27,399
1984  84.7 22,871 27,014
1985  85.4 22,349 26,168
1986  85.5 21,766 25,453
       
1987  84.7 21,071 24,869
1988  84.5 20,838 24,650
1989  84.7 20,420 24,102
1990  85.6 20,269 23,689
1991  84.9 19,831 23,369
       
1992  86.4 19,874 23,004
1993  86.2 19,682 22,842
1994  85.8 20,538 23,946
1995  85.3 20,102 23,571
1996  86.2 20,074 23,277
       
1997  85.9 20,241 23,569
1998  84.8 20,451 24,113
1999  85.9 21,091 24,540
2000  86.5 21,743 25,138
2001  86.5 22,084 25,543
       
2002  86.6 22,249 25,697
2003  87.1 22,508 25,831
2004  86.8 22,991 26,476
2005  87.6 23,010 26,270
2006  87.8 23,331 26,568
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: 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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October (1972–2006).

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