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Table 4.  Public high school number of dropouts, event dropout rate, and enrollment for grades 912, by state or jurisdiction: School year 2008–09
 
State or jurisdiction Number of dropouts1   Dropout rate1,2   Enrollment grades 9–122
Total3  607,789   4.1   14,954,795
           
Alabama  3,292   1.5   217,590
Alaska  2,904   7.0   41,399
Arizona  26,173   8.3   316,122
Arkansas  5,641   4.1   137,358
California  101,188 4  5.0 4  2,013,687
           
Colorado  14,571   6.1   238,139
Connecticut  5,392   3.1   174,980
Delaware  1,987   5.1   38,619
District of Columbia  1,246   7.0   17,898
Florida  20,609   2.6   781,725
           
Georgia  19,942   4.2   470,108
Hawaii  2,598   4.9   53,535
Idaho  1,338   1.6   81,497
Illinois  73,480   11.5   640,512
Indiana  5,429   1.7   316,126
           
Iowa  4,782   3.1   151,993
Kansas  2,895   2.1   140,032
Kentucky  5,673   2.9   197,825
Louisiana  12,282   6.8   180,660
Maine  2,264   3.6   63,611
           
Maryland  7,929   3.0   267,388
Massachusetts  8,585   2.9   292,593
Michigan  20,714   3.8   541,231
Minnesota  5,177   1.9   275,864
Mississippi  5,835   4.2   139,135
           
Missouri  12,221   4.3   282,460
Montana  2,272   5.0   45,030
Nebraska  2,178   2.4   89,678
Nevada  6,341 4  5.1 4  125,117
New Hampshire  1,126   1.7   64,939
           
New Jersey  6,926   1.6   425,555
New Mexico  4,804   4.9   98,830
New York  36,790   4.2   875,179
North Carolina  22,966   5.3   429,719
North Dakota  757   2.5   30,773
           
Ohio  24,109   4.2   577,669
Oklahoma  4,462   2.5   177,132
Oregon  6,132   3.4   179,972
Pennsylvania  13,519   2.3   580,304
Rhode Island  2,086   4.4   47,359
           
South Carolina  7,074   3.4   210,511
South Dakota  683   1.8   38,952
Tennessee  9,086   3.2   287,401
Texas  41,393   3.2   1,305,637
Utah  5,050   3.3   155,309
           
Vermont  784   2.6   30,631
Virginia  9,452   2.5   380,787
Washington  15,509   4.7   332,224
West Virginia  3,444   4.1   83,252
Wisconsin  6,412   2.3   284,222
Wyoming  287   1.1   26,526
Department of Defense dependents schools, Bureau of Indian Education, and other jurisdictions 
DoDDS: DoDs Overseas5     
DDESS: DoDs Domestic5     
Bureau of Indian Education     
American Samoa     
Guam     
Commonwealth of the           
Northern Marianas Islands     
Puerto Rico      147,957
U.S. Virgin Islands  387   7.4   5,201
— Not available. State or jurisdiction did not report dropout counts or reported counts that did not conform to the Nation Center for Education Statistics (NCES) definition.
1 Ungraded dropouts are prorated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) into grades 9–12 based on the graded dropout counts to calculate numerators for dropout rates.
2 Ungraded student enrollments are prorated by NCES into grades 9–12 based on graded enrollments to calculate denominators for dropout rates.
3 Totals include the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
4 Due to item non-response, data for California and Nevada were imputed based on prior year reported data.
5 DoDDS and DDESS are the Department of Defense Overseas Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools, respectively.
NOTE: The event dropout rate is defined as the count of dropouts from a given school year divided by the count of student enrollments within the same grade span at the beginning of the same school year.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "NCES Common Core of Data State Dropout and Completion Data File," School Year 2008–09, Version 1a.


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