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

NCES 2011-012
December 2010


Table C-5. Standard errors for table 6: Status dropout rates and number and distribution of dropouts of 16- through 24-year-olds, by selected characteristics: October 2008


Characteristic Status
dropout
rate
(percent)
Number
of status
dropouts
(thousands)
Population
(thousands)
Percent
of all
dropouts
Percent of
population
           
Total 0.20 76.8
           
Sex          
Male 0.30 56.0 1.33 0.38
Female 0.28 52.6 1.33 0.38
           
Race/ethnicity          
White, non-Hispanic 0.21 47.3 1.28 0.37
Black, non-Hispanic 0.63 34.1 1.08 0.28
Hispanic 0.78 52.5 1.48 0.33
Asian/Pacific Islander,
non-Hispanic
0.82 12.4 0.42 0.16
American Indian/Alaska Native,
non-Hispanic
3.20 9.4 0.34 0.07
Two or more races,
non-Hispanic
1.17 8.3 0.28 0.11
           
Age          
16 0.33 13.9 0.46 0.24
17 0.48 20.9 0.69 0.24
18 0.59 25.7 0.84 0.24
19 0.68 28.2 0.92 0.24
20–24 0.30 61.3 1.27 0.38
           
Recency of immigration          
Born outside the 50 states and
District of Columbia
         
Hispanic 1.61 37.6 1.31 0.21
Non-Hispanic 0.76 14.5 0.49 0.17
First generation          
Hispanic 1.03 25.0 0.84 0.21
Non-Hispanic 0.53 12.2 0.41 0.18
Second generation or higher          
Hispanic 1.16 22.8 0.77 0.19
Non-Hispanic 0.21 56.6 1.33 0.34
           
Region          
Northeast 0.42 28.3 0.91 0.30
Midwest 0.43 36.3 1.12 0.32
South 0.37 49.8 1.35 0.37
West 0.45 40.0 1.19 0.32
— Not available.
† 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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