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

NCES 2011-012
December 2010


Table 9. Status completion rates, and number and distribution of completers ages 1824 not currently enrolled in high school or below, by selected characteristics: October 2008


Characteristic Completion rate (percent) Number of completers (thousands) Population (thousands) Percent of all completers Percent of population
           
Total 89.9 24,518 27,270 100.0 100.0
           
Sex          
Male 89.3 12,169 13,626 49.6 50.0
Female 90.5 12,349 13,644 50.4 50.0
           
Race/ethnicity1          
White, non-Hispanic 94.2 16,018 16,998 65.3 62.3
Black, non-Hispanic 86.9 3,254 3,744 13.3 13.7
Hispanic 75.5 3,606 4,773 14.7 17.5
Asian/Pacific Islander,
non-Hispanic
95.5 1,045 1,094 4.3 4.0
American Indian/Alaska Native,
non-Hispanic
82.5 177 215 0.7 0.8
Two or more races,
non-Hispanic
94.2 419 445 1.7 1.6
           
           
Age          
18–19 89.0 6,237 7,010 25.4 25.7
20–21 91.0 7,235 7,951 29.5 29.2
22–24 89.7 11,047 12,308 45.1 45.1
           
Recency of immigration          
Born outside the 50 states and
District of Columbia
         
Hispanic 59.8 1,104 1,846 4.5 6.8
Non-Hispanic 93.7 1,442 1,539 5.9 5.6
First generation2          
Hispanic 85.1 1,349 1,584 5.5 5.8
Non-Hispanic 96.2 1,579 1,642 6.4 6.0
Second generation or higher2          
Hispanic 85.8 1,153 1,343 4.7 4.9
Non-Hispanic 92.6 17,892 19,315 73.0 70.8
           
Region          
Northeast 92.7 4,530 4,888 18.5 17.9
Midwest 90.3 5,396 5,977 22.0 21.9
South 89.1 8,737 9,804 35.6 36.0
West 88.7 5,854 6,601 23.9 24.2
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: 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. 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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