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


Table 18.1b.

Number and percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who were high school status dropouts, by nativity and race/ethnicity with Hispanic and Asian subgroups: 2007


  Population   Number of status dropouts   Status dropout rate (percent)   Dropout rate for
born within the
United States1
(percent)
  Dropout rate for
born outside the
United States1
(percent)
 
Race/ethnicity          
Total2 38,491,300   3,582,600   9.3   7.7   21.2  
White 23,350,100   1,425,900   6.1   6.1   5.4  
Black 5,535,400   634,600   11.5   11.8   7.6  
Hispanic 6,766,000   1,349,500   19.9   11.5   34.3  
Mexican 4,459,300   991,100   22.2   12.1   38.8  
Puerto Rican 604,100   89,200   14.8   12.8   23.0  
Cuban 180,200   10,900   6.0   5.3   8.0  
Dominican 192,500   25,100   13.0   8.7   18.1  
Salvadoran 215,300   55,600   25.8   10.1   41.1  
Other Central American 323,600   94,500   29.2   8.6   40.8  
South American 319,900   25,500   8.0   5.4   9.8  
Other Hispanic or Latino 471,200   57,500   12.2   11.3   18.8  
Asian 1,565,400   46,600   3.0   2.2   3.7  
Asian Indian 286,200   3,900   1.4   0.8 ! 1.8  
Chinese3 356,700   10,100   2.8   1.0 ! 4.6  
Filipino 192,900   2,300   1.2   0.4 ! 1.7  
Japanese 266,900   6,900   2.6   2.6   2.6  
Korean 63,200   800 ! 1.3 ! 1.3 ! 1.4 !
Vietnamese 164,600   6,600   4.0   3.9   4.1  
Other Asian 234,900   16,000   6.8   4.8   9.7  
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 72,400   5,500   7.6   5.5   12.0  
American Indian/Alaska Native 317,700   48,600   15.3   15.4   1.8 !
! Interpret data with caution.
1 United States refers to the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
2 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
3 Excludes Taiwanese. Taiwanese is included in the "Other Asian" category.
NOTE: The data presented here represent status dropout rates. The status dropout rate is defined for this table as 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). 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. This table uses a different data source from table 18.1a. In addition, this table includes institutionalized persons and noninstitutionalized persons, whereas table 18.1a includes only noninstitutionalized persons. Therefore, estimates are not directly comparable to the 2007 estimates in table 18.1a. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2007.
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