Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008

NCES 2008-084
September 2008

Table 3.4a.  Percentage of noninstitutionalized 16- to 24-year-olds who were high school status dropouts, by sex and race/ethnicity: 2006

Race/ethnicity Population Total   Male   Female  
Total1 35,082,000 9.8   11.2   8.3  
White 21,203,000 6.6   7.4   5.9  
Black 4,941,000 10.6   12.1   9.2  
Hispanic 6,399,000 21.0   24.5   17.0  
Asian 1,437,000 3.2   3.5   3.0  
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 60,000 7.4   7.4 ! 7.5 !
American Indian/Alaska Native 311,000 14.8   16.4   13.3  
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. The data presented here represent status dropout rates for civilian, noninstitutionalized 16- to 24-year-olds. The status dropout rate is the percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in high school and who have not earned a high school credential (either a diploma or equivalency credential such as a GED). The status dropout rate includes all dropouts regardless of when they last attended school, as well as individuals who may have never attended school in the United States, such as immigrants who did not complete a high school diploma in their home country.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2006.