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

NCES 2011-012
December 2010


Table C-8. Standard errors for 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 0.27 72.6
           
Sex          
Male 0.39 52.6 0.47 0.44
Female 0.37 50.0 0.47 0.44
           
Race/ethnicity          
White, non-Hispanic 0.26 44.4 0.44 0.43
Black, non-Hispanic 0.86 32.0 0.34 0.32
Hispanic 1.03 49.2 0.37 0.38
Asian/Pacific Islander,
non-Hispanic
0.98 10.7 0.20 0.18
American Indian/Alaska Native,
non-Hispanic
4.03 8.7 0.08 0.08
Two or more races,
non-Hispanic
1.72 7.7 0.13 0.12
           
Age          
18–19 0.55 38.3 0.41 0.39
20–21 0.47 37.3 0.43 0.40
22–24 0.40 49.1 0.46 0.44
           
Recency of immigration          
Born outside the 50 states and
District of Columbia
         
Hispanic 1.89 34.9 0.22 0.25
Non-Hispanic 0.91 14.0 0.22 0.20
First generation          
Hispanic 1.48 23.5 0.24 0.23
Non-Hispanic 0.69 11.3 0.23 0.21
Second generation or higher          
Hispanic 1.58 21.2 0.22 0.22
Non-Hispanic 0.27 53.0 0.41 0.40
           
Region          
Northeast 0.56 27.4 0.37 0.35
Midwest 0.58 34.4 0.40 0.38
South 0.47 46.6 0.46 0.44
West 0.57 37.9 0.40 0.38
— 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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