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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010


Table 18.1a.

Percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who were high school status dropouts, by race/ethnicity and sex: 19972007


Year and sex Total   White      Black      Hispanic      Asian/Pacific Islander        American Indian/Alaska Native  
Total                  
1997 11.0   7.6 13.4 25.3 6.9   14.5  
1998 11.8   7.7 13.8 29.5 4.1   11.8  
1999 11.2   7.3 12.6 28.6 4.3    
2000 10.9   6.9 13.1 27.8 3.8   14.0  
2001 10.7   7.3 10.9 27.0 3.6   13.1  
2002 10.5   6.5 11.3 25.7 3.9   16.8  
2003 9.9 1 6.3 10.9 23.5 3.9   15.0  
2004 10.3 1 6.8 11.8 23.8 3.6   17.0  
2005 9.4 1 6.0 10.4 22.4 2.9   14.0  
2006 9.3 1 5.8 10.7 22.1 3.6   14.7  
2007 8.7 1 5.3 8.4 21.4 6.1   19.3  
                   
Male                  
1997 11.9   8.5 13.3 27.0 5.9   12.2 !
1998 13.3   8.6 15.5 33.5 3.4 ! 9.0 !
1999 11.9   7.7 12.1 31.0 5.9    
2000 12.0   7.0 15.3 31.8 4.9   10.9 !
2001 12.2   7.9 13.0 31.6 5.4   10.3 !
2002 11.8   6.7 12.8 29.6 4.9   21.4  
2003 11.3 1 7.1 12.5 26.7 5.5   17.4 !
2004 11.6 1 7.1 13.5 28.5 2.2 ! 12.6 !
2005 10.8 1 6.6 12.0 26.4 2.8 ! 16.6  
2006 10.5 1 6.4 9.7 25.7 4.7   16.8 !
2007 9.8 1 6.0 8.0 24.7 5.8   21.4  
                   
Female                  
1997 10.1   6.7 13.5 23.4 7.9   16.9  
1998 10.3   6.9 12.2 25.0 4.8   14.4 !
1999 10.5   6.9 13.0 26.0 2.9 !  
2000 9.9   6.9 11.1 23.5 2.6 ! 17.8 !
2001 9.3   6.7 9.0 22.1 1.6 ! 14.9  
2002 9.2   6.3 9.9 21.2 2.8 ! 12.7  
2003 8.4 1 5.6 9.5 20.1 2.3 ! 12.7 !
2004 9.0 1 6.4 10.2 18.5 4.9   21.7  
2005 8.0 1 5.3 9.0 18.1 3.0 ! 11.3 !
2006 8.5 1 5.3 11.7 18.1 2.5 ! 12.1 !
2007 7.7 1 4.5 8.8 18.0 6.4   17.6  
‡ Reporting standards not met.
! Interpret data with caution.
1 For 2003 through 2007, totals include other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: The data presented here represent status dropout rates. The status dropout rate is defined for this table as the percentage of civilian, noninstitutionalized 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). It 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. The 1999 data for American Indians/Alaska Natives have been suppressed due to unstable estimates. This table uses a different data source from table 18.1b. In addition, this table includes persons in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population, while tables 18.1b and 18.1c include institutionalized persons in addition to noninstitutionalized persons. Therefore, estimates are not directly comparable to the 2007 estimates in table 18.1b or 18.1c. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 1997–2007.
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