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Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006

NCES 2008-053
September 2008


Table 11.  Status completion rates of 18- through 24-year-olds not currently enrolled in high school or below, by sex and race/ethnicity: October 1972 through October 2006
 
            Race/ethnicity (percent)1
  Total (percent)   Sex (percent)   White,
non-Hispanic
Black,
non-Hispanic
Hispanic
Year2   Male Female  
1972  82.8   83.0 82.7   86.0 72.1 56.2
1973  83.7   84.0 83.4   87.0 71.6 58.7
1974  83.6   83.4 83.8   86.7 73.0 60.1
1975  83.8   84.1 83.6   87.2 70.2 62.2
1976  83.5   83.0 84.0   86.4 73.5 60.3
                 
1977  83.6   82.8 84.4   86.7 73.9 58.6
1978  83.6   82.8 84.2   86.9 73.4 58.8
1979  83.1   82.1 84.0   86.6 72.6 58.5
1980  83.9   82.3 85.3   87.5 75.2 57.1
1981  83.8   82.0 85.4   87.1 76.7 59.1
                 
1982  83.8   82.7 84.9   87.0 76.4 60.9
1983  83.9   82.1 85.6   87.4 76.8 59.4
1984  84.7   83.3 85.9   87.5 80.3 63.7
1985  85.4   84.0 86.7   88.2 81.0 66.6
1986  85.5   84.2 86.7   88.8 81.8 63.5
                 
1987  84.7   84.0 85.8   87.7 81.9 65.1
1988  84.5   83.2 85.8   88.7 80.9 58.2
1989  84.7   83.2 86.2   89.0 81.9 59.4
1990  85.6   85.1 86.0   89.6 83.2 59.1
1991  84.9   83.8 85.9   89.4 82.5 56.5
                 
1992  86.4   85.3 87.4   90.7 82.0 62.1
1993  86.2   85.4 86.9   90.1 81.9 64.4
1994  85.8   84.5 87.0   90.7 83.3 61.8
1995  85.3   84.3 85.7   89.8 84.5 62.8
1996  86.2   85.7 86.8   91.5 83.0 61.9
                 
1997  85.9   84.6 87.2   90.5 82.0 66.7
1998  84.8   82.6 87.0   90.2 81.4 62.8
1999  85.9   84.8 87.1   91.2 83.5 63.4
2000  86.5   84.9 88.1   91.8 83.7 64.1
2001  86.5   84.6 88.3   91.0 85.6 65.7
                 
2002  86.6   84.8 88.4   91.8 84.7 67.3
2003  87.1   85.1 89.2   91.9 85.0 69.2
2004  86.8   84.9 88.8   91.7 83.4 69.8
2005  87.6   85.4 89.8   92.3 85.9 70.2
2006  87.8   86.5 89.1   92.6 84.8 70.8
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 themselves 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: 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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