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Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 19722008

NCES 2011-012
December 2010


Table 6. Status dropout rates and number and distribution of dropouts of 16- through 24-year-olds, by selected characteristics: October 2008


Characteristic Status dropout rate (percent) Number of status dropouts (thousands) Population (thousands) Percent of all dropouts Percent of population
           
Total 8.0 3,010 37,569 100.0 100.0
           
Sex          
Male 8.5 1,606 18,948 53.4 50.4
Female 7.5 1,403 18,621 46.6 49.6
           
Race/ethnicity1          
White, non-Hispanic 4.8 1,103 22,956 36.7 61.1
Black, non-Hispanic 9.9 535 5,387 17.8 14.3
Hispanic 18.3 1,232 6,721 40.9 17.9
Asian/Pacific Islander,
non-Hispanic
4.4 67 1,504 2.2 4.0
American Indian/Alaska Native,
non-Hispanic
14.6 43 294 1.4 0.8
Two or more races,
non-Hispanic
4.2 30 706 1.0 1.9
           
Age          
16 2.2 93 4,269 3.1 11.4
17 5.0 216 4,349 7.2 11.6
18 7.8 337 4,332 11.2 11.5
19 9.9 413 4,160 13.7 11.1
20–24 9.5 1,951 20,459 64.8 54.5
           
Recency of immigration          
Born outside the 50 states and
District of Columbia
         
Hispanic 32.8 766 2,334 25.4 6.2
Non-Hispanic 5.5 104 1,908 3.5 5.1
First generation2          
Hispanic 10.5 254 2,419 8.4 6.4
Non-Hispanic 3.1 72 2,326 2.4 6.2
Second generation or higher2          
Hispanic 10.8 213 1,968 7.1 5.2
Non-Hispanic 6.0 1,602 26,615 53.2 70.8
           
Region          
Northeast 5.6 377 6,708 12.5 17.9
Midwest 7.5 631 8,414 21.0 22.4
South 8.8 1,191 13,496 39.6 35.9
West 9.1 811 8,949 27.0 23.8
1 Respondents were able to identify themselves as being two or more races. The White (non-Hispanic), Black (non-Hispanic), Asian/Pacific Islander (non-Hispanic), and American Indian/Alaska Native (non-Hispanic) categories consist of individuals who considered themselves to be one race and who did not identify as Hispanic. Non-Hispanics who identified themselves as multiracial are included in the Two or more races (non-Hispanic) category. The Hispanic category consists of Hispanics of all races and racial combinations.
2 Individuals defined as “first generation” were born in the 50 states or the District of Columbia, and one or both of their parents were born outside the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Individuals defined as “second generation or higher” were born in the 50 states or the District of Columbia, as were both of their parents.
NOTE: The status dropout rate indicates the percentage of 16- through 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in high school and who lack a high school credential. High school credentials include high school diplomas and equivalent credentials, such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 2008.

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