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

NCES 2011-012
December 2010


Table 8. Status dropout rates of 16- through 24-year-olds, by sex and race/ethnicity: October 1972 through October 2008


      Sex (percent)   Race/ethnicity (percent)1
Year2 Total (percent)   Male Female   White, non-
Hispanic
Black, non-
Hispanic
Hispanic
                 
1972 14.6   14.1 15.1   12.3 21.3 34.3
1973 14.1   13.7 14.5   11.6 22.2 33.5
1974 14.3   14.2 14.4   11.9 21.2 33.0
1975 13.9   13.3 14.5   11.4 22.9 29.2
1976 14.1   14.1 14.2   12.0 20.5 31.4
                 
1977 14.1   14.5 13.8   11.9 19.8 33.0
1978 14.2   14.6 13.9   11.9 20.2 33.3
1979 14.6   15.0 14.2   12.0 21.1 33.8
1980 14.1   15.1 13.1   11.4 19.1 35.2
1981 13.9   15.1 12.8   11.4 18.4 33.2
                 
1982 13.9   14.5 13.3   11.4 18.4 31.7
1983 13.7   14.9 12.5   11.2 18.0 31.6
1984 13.1   14.0 12.3   11.0 15.5 29.8
1985 12.6   13.4 11.8   10.4 15.2 27.6
1986 12.2   13.1 11.4   9.7 14.2 30.1
                 
1987 12.7   13.3 12.2   10.4 14.1 28.6
1988 12.9   13.5 12.2   9.6 14.5 35.8
1989 12.6   13.6 11.7   9.4 13.9 33.0
1990 12.1   12.3 11.8   9.0 13.2 32.4
1991 12.5   13.0 11.9   8.9 13.6 35.3
                 
1992 11.0   11.3 10.7   7.7 13.7 29.4
1993 11.0   11.2 10.9   7.9 13.6 27.5
1994 11.5   12.3 10.6   7.7 12.6 30.0
1995 12.0   12.2 11.7   8.6 12.1 30.0
1996 11.1   11.4 10.9   7.3 13.0 29.4
                 
1997 11.0   11.9 10.1   7.6 13.4 25.3
1998 11.8   13.3 10.3   7.7 13.8 29.5
1999 11.2   11.9 10.5   7.3 12.6 28.6
2000 10.9   12.0 9.9   6.9 13.1 27.8
2001 10.7   12.2 9.3   7.3 10.9 27.0
                 
2002 10.5   11.8 9.2   6.5 11.3 25.7
2003 9.9   11.3 8.4   6.3 10.9 23.5
2004 10.3   11.6 9.0   6.8 11.8 23.8
2005 9.4   10.8 8.0   6.0 10.4 22.4
2006 9.3   10.3 8.3   5.8 10.7 22.1
                 
2007 8.7   9.8 7.7   5.3 8.4 21.4
2008 8.0   8.5 7.5   4.8 9.9 18.3
1 Beginning in 2003, respondents were able to identify themselves as being “more than one race.” The 2003 through 2008 White, non-Hispanic and Black, non-Hispanic categories consist of individuals who considered themselves to be one race and who did not identify as Hispanic. 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 table, American Indians/Alaska Natives and Asians/Pacific Islanders are included in the totals but not shown separately. The “more than one race” category is also included in the total in 2003 through 2008 but not shown separately due to small sample size.
2 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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