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

NCES 2011-012
December 2010


Table 11. Status completion rates of 18- through 24-year-olds not currently enrolled in high school or below, 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 82.8   83.0 82.7   86.0 72.1 56.2
1973 83.7   84.0 83.4   87.0 71.6 58.7
1974 83.6   83.4 83.8   86.7 73.0 60.1
1975 83.8   84.1 83.6   87.2 70.2 62.2
1976 83.5   83.0 84.0   86.4 73.5 60.3
                 
1977 83.6   82.8 84.4   86.7 73.9 58.6
1978 83.6   82.8 84.2   86.9 73.4 58.8
1979 83.1   82.1 84.0   86.6 72.6 58.5
1980 83.9   82.3 85.3   87.5 75.2 57.1
1981 83.8   82.0 85.4   87.1 76.7 59.1
                 
1982 83.8   82.7 84.9   87.0 76.4 60.9
1983 83.9   82.1 85.6   87.4 76.8 59.4
1984 84.7   83.3 85.9   87.5 80.3 63.7
1985 85.4   84.0 86.7   88.2 81.0 66.6
1986 85.5   84.2 86.7   88.8 81.8 63.5
                 
1987 84.7   84.0 85.8   87.7 81.9 65.1
1988 84.5   83.2 85.8   88.7 80.9 58.2
1989 84.7   83.2 86.2   89.0 81.9 59.4
1990 85.6   85.1 86.0   89.6 83.2 59.1
1991 84.9   83.8 85.9   89.4 82.5 56.5
                 
1992 86.4   85.3 87.4   90.7 82.0 62.1
1993 86.2   85.4 86.9   90.1 81.9 64.4
1994 85.8   84.5 87.0   90.7 83.3 61.8
1995 85.3   84.3 85.7   89.8 84.5 62.8
1996 86.2   85.7 86.8   91.5 83.0 61.9
                 
1997 85.9   84.6 87.2   90.5 82.0 66.7
1998 84.8   82.6 87.0   90.2 81.4 62.8
1999 85.9   84.8 87.1   91.2 83.5 63.4
2000 86.5   84.9 88.1   91.8 83.7 64.1
2001 86.5   84.6 88.3   91.0 85.6 65.7
                 
2002 86.6   84.8 88.4   91.8 84.7 67.3
2003 87.1   85.1 89.2   91.9 85.0 69.2
2004 86.8   84.9 88.8   91.7 83.4 69.8
2005 87.6   85.4 89.8   92.3 85.9 70.2
2006 87.8   86.5 89.1   92.6 84.8 70.8
                 
2007 89.0   87.4 90.6   93.5 88.8 72.7
2008 89.9   89.3 90.5   94.2 86.9 75.5
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 themselves 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: 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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 1972–2008.

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