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

NCES 2011-012
December 2010


Table C-1. Standard errors for table 1: Event dropout rates and number and distribution of 15- through 24-year-olds who dropped out of grades 1012, by selected characteristics: October 2008


Characteristic Event dropout rate (percent) Number of event dropouts (thousands) Population enrolled (thousands) Percent of all dropouts Percent of population enrolled
           
Total 0.26 28.3 131.6
           
Sex          
Male 0.34 19.0 93.7 3.68 0.69
Female 0.39 21.0 92.4 3.68 0.69
           
Race/ethnicity          
White, non-Hispanic 0.27 18.0 102.6 3.62 0.68
Black, non-Hispanic 0.94 15.4 53.7 3.50 0.53
Hispanic 0.85 16.2 62.4 3.67 0.59
Asian/Pacific Islander,
non-Hispanic
1.47 6.2 27.6 1.60 0.28
           
Family income          
Low income 1.05 16.1 51.0 3.50 0.48
Middle income 0.31 20.1 100.7 3.70 0.68
High income 0.37 11.3 66.6 2.69 0.62
           
Age          
15–16 0.40 12.4 64.7 2.90 0.63
17 0.41 15.6 31.8 3.40 0.66
18 0.50 14.8 44.7 3.29 0.61
19 1.11 9.0 37.4 2.25 0.36
20–24 2.79 9.6 26.9 2.50 0.24
           
Recency of immigration          
Born outside the 50 states and
District of Columbia
         
Hispanic 2.17 9.4 31.3 2.40 0.31
Non-Hispanic 1.49 6.2 26.6 1.59 0.26
First generation          
Hispanic 1.08 9.1 40.2 2.27 0.42
Non-Hispanic 0.60 4.7 34.1 1.20 0.36
Second generation or higher          
Hispanic 1.52 9.5 35.1 2.38 0.36
Non-Hispanic 0.29 23.1 111.4 3.49 0.62
           
Region          
Northeast 0.50 10.1 57.4 2.45 0.55
Midwest 0.47 12.5 65.4 2.93 0.61
South 0.50 19.1 80.8 3.78 0.68
West 0.58 14.9 64.3 3.33 0.59
† Not applicable. The corresponding statistic refers to the total population, which is, by definition, 100 percent of the distribution.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 2008.

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