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

NCES 2011-012
December 2010


Table 7. Status dropout rates, number of status dropouts, and population of 16- through 24-year-olds: October 1972 through October 2008


Year1 Status
dropout
rate (percent)
Number of
status dropouts
(thousands)
Population
(thousands)
       
1972 14.6 4,769 32,643
1973 14.1 4,717 33,430
1974 14.3 4,847 33,968
1975 13.9 4,823 34,700
1976 14.1 4,980 35,222
       
1977 14.1 5,031 35,658
1978 14.2 5,113 35,931
1979 14.6 5,264 36,131
1980 14.1 5,085 36,143
1981 13.9 5,143 36,945
       
1982 13.9 5,056 36,452
1983 13.7 4,905 35,884
1984 13.1 4,626 35,204
1985 12.6 4,325 34,382
1986 12.2 4,141 33,945
       
1987 12.7 4,252 33,452
1988 12.9 4,230 32,893
1989 12.6 4,038 32,007
1990 12.1 3,797 31,443
1991 12.5 3,881 31,171
       
1992 11.0 3,410 30,944
1993 11.0 3,396 30,845
1994 11.5 3,727 32,560
1995 12.0 3,876 32,379
1996 11.1 3,611 32,452
       
1997 11.0 3,624 32,960
1998 11.8 3,942 33,445
1999 11.2 3,829 34,173
2000 10.9 3,776 34,568
2001 10.7 3,774 35,195
       
2002 10.5 3,721 35,495
2003 9.9 3,552 36,017
2004 10.3 3,766 36,504
2005 9.4 3,458 36,761
2006 9.3 3,462 37,047
       
2007 8.7 3,278 37,480
2008 8.0 3,010 37,569
1 Estimates beginning in 1987 reflect new editing procedures for cases with missing data on school enrollment items. Estimates beginning in 1992 reflect new wording of the educational attainment item. Estimates beginning in 1994 reflect changes due to newly instituted computer-assisted interviewing. For details about changes in the Current Population Survey (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.
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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 1972–2008.

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