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

Table 18.1c.

Number and percentage of institutionalized and noninstitutionalized 16- to 24-year-olds who were high school status dropouts, by race/ethnicity: 2007

      Institutionalized group quarters   Noninstitutionalized  
  Total status
dropout rate
Total1 9.3   538,100 45.9   37,953,200 8.8  
White 6.1   192,800 39.8   23,157,200 5.8  
Black 11.5   203,300 49.6   5,332,100 10.0  
Hispanic 19.9   114,700 52.5   6,651,300 19.4  
Asian 3.0   6,100 38.1   1,559,300 2.8  
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 7.6     71,300 7.5  
American Indian/Alaska Native 15.3   7,300 37.9   310,400 14.8  
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: The data presented here represent status dropout rates for 16- to 24-year-olds. 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, total status dropout rate estimates are not directly comparable to the 2007 estimates in table 18.1a. Institutionalized group quarters include adult and juvenile correctional facilities, nursing facilities, and other health care facilities. Noninstitutionalized group quarters, such as college and university housing, military quarters, facilities for workers and religious groups, and temporary shelters for the homeless are included in the noninstitutionalized category. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2007.
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