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Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006

NCES 2008-053
September 2008


Table A-1.  Summary table of high school dropout, completion, and graduation rates
 
Rate Current statistic (year) Age group Description Purpose Equivalency certificate status
Event dropout rate  3.8 percent (2006) 15–24 Percentage of high school students who have dropped out of grades 10–12 in the past year Indicator of the annual rate at which U.S. high school students are leaving school with an unsuc-cessful outcome Students who get an equivalency certificate do not count as dropouts.
           
Event dropout rate 
(public school students) 
3.9 percent (2003–04) Grades 9–12 Percentage of public high school students who have dropped out of grades 9–12 in a given year State-level indicator of the annual rate atwhich public high school students are leaving school with an unsuccessful outcome Students who get an equivalency certificate do not count as dropouts.
           
Status dropout rate  9.3 percent (2006) 16–24 Percentage of people who are not enrolled in high school and who do not havea high school credential Indicator of the proportion of young peoplewho lack a basic high school education Students whohave earnedan equivalency credentialdo not count as dropouts.
           
Status completion rate  87.8 percent (2006) 18–24 Percentage of young adults who have left high school and who hold a high school credential Indicator of the proportion of young adults who have a basic high school education People who have earned an equivalency credential count as completers.
           
Averaged freshman graduation rate (public school students)  74.7 percent (2004–05) Not applicable Percentage of public high school students who graduate with a regular diploma 4 years after starting 9th grade Indicator of on-time graduation from public schools High school equivalency credentials are not counted as “graduation.”
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 2006; Chapman, C., and Hoffman, L. (2007). Event Dropout Rates for Public School Students in Grades 9–12: 2002–03 and 2003–04 (NCES 2007-026), table 1; Sable, J., and Garofano, A. (2007). Public Elementary and Secondary School Student Enrollment, High School Completions, and Staff From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2005–06 (NCES 2007-352), table 4.

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