|Figure 4. Status completion rates of 18- through 24-year-olds not currently enrolled in high school or below, by race/ethnicity: October 1972 through October 2008
NOTE: Status completion rates measure the percentage of 18- through 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in high school and
who also hold a high school diploma or equivalent credential, such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.
Those still enrolled in high school are excluded from the analysis. Beginning in 2003, respondents were able to identify
themselves as being two or more races. The 2003 through 2008 categories for White (non-Hispanic) and Black (non-Hispanic)
contain only respondents who indicated just one race. The Hispanic category includes Hispanics of all races and racial
combinations. Due to small sample sizes for some or all of the years shown in the figure, American Indians/Alaska Natives and
Asians/Pacific Islanders who are not Hispanic are included in the totals but not shown separately. The Two or more races
(non-Hispanic) category is also included in the total in 2003 through 2008 but not shown separately due to small sample sizes.
The variability of Hispanic status rates reflects, in part, small sample size of Hispanics in earlier years of the Current Population
Survey (CPS). Beginning with 1987, estimates reflect new editing procedures for cases missing school enrollment item data.
Estimates beginning with 1992 reflect new wording of the educational attainment item. Estimates beginning with 1994 reflect
changes due to newly instituted computer-assisted interviewing. For details about changes in the CPS over time, please see
Kaufman, P., Alt, M.N., and Chapman, C. (2004). Dropout Rates in the United States: 2001 (NCES 2005-046). National
Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.|
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 1972–2008.