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

NCES 2011-012
December 2010


Table A-1. Summary table of high school dropout, completion, and graduation rates


Rate Current statistic (year) Age group/ Grades Description Purpose Equivalency certificate status
           
Event dropout rate 3.5 percent (2008) 15–24 Percentage of high school students who have dropped out of grades 10–12 in the past year Indicator of the annual rate at which U.S. high school students are leaving school with an unsuc- cessful outcome Students who get an equivalency certificate do not count as dropouts.
           
Event dropout rate (public school students) 4.1 percent (2007–08) Grades 9–12 Percentage of public high school students who have dropped out of grades 9–12 in a given year State-level indicator of the annual rate at which public high school students are leaving school with an unsuc- cessful outcome Students who
get a state-
recognized
equivalency
certificate
do not count
as dropouts.
           
Status dropout rate 8.0 percent (2008) 16–24 Percentage of
people who are
not enrolled in
high school and
who do not have
a high school
credential
Indicator of the
percentage of
young people
who lack a basic
high school
education
Students who
have earned
an equivalency
credential
do not count
as dropouts.
           
Status completion rate 89.9 percent (2008) 18–24 Percentage of
young adults
who have left
high school and
who hold a high
school credential
Indicator of the
percentage of
young adults
who have a
basic high school
education
People who have
earned an
equivalency
credential count
as completers.
           
Averaged freshman graduation rate (public school students) 74.9 percent (2007–08) Grades 9–12 Percentage of
public high
school students
who graduate
with a regular
diploma 4 years
after starting
9th grade
Indicator of
on-time grad-
uation from
public schools
High school
equivalency
credentials are
not counted as
“graduation.”
SOURCE: Stillwell, R. (2010). Public School Graduates and Dropouts From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2007–08 (NCES 2010-341), tables 1 and 7. U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 2008.

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