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Table 6.  Public high school number of dropouts and event dropout rate for grades 9–12, by race/ethnicity and state or jurisdiction: School year 2008–09
 
  American Indian/ Alaska Native1 Asian/Pacific Islander Hispanic Black White Two or more races
State or jurisdiction Number
of dropouts
2
Dropout rate
2,3
  Number
of dropouts
2
Dropout rate
2,3
  Number
of dropouts
2
Dropout rate
2,3
  Number
of dropouts
2
Dropout rate
2,3
  Number
of dropouts
2
Dropout rate
2
,3
  Number
of dropouts
2
Dropout rate
2
,3
Reporting states4  11,241 6.3   17,650 2.4   170,083 6.0   168,477 6.6   228,635 2.7  
                                   
Alabama  24 1.2   18 0.7   89 1.6   1,318 1.7   1,838 1.4  
Alaska  114 1.2   1 #   4 0.2   8 0.5   38 0.2   5 0.2
Arizona  2,441 12.9   463 5.0   12,413 10.2   1,905 10.1   8,951 6.1  
Arkansas  46 4.5   82 3.8   442 4.7   1,789 5.7   3,275 3.5  
California5  1,078 6.8   5,787 2.4   57,420 6.2   14,710 9.2   19,340 3.2   2,853 5.5
                                   
Colorado  369 12.3   265 3.4   6,799 11.4   1,434 9.6   5,704 3.7  
Connecticut  14 2.4   57 0.9   1,968 7.4   1,681 6.8   1,672 1.4  
Delaware  8 5.4   28 2.3   204 6.6   867 6.9   880 4.1  
District of Columbia  0 0.0   12 5.3   135 8.3   1,075 6.9   25 4.8  
Florida  65 2.9   175 0.9   5,463 3.0   7,878 4.3   6,655 1.8  
                                   
Georgia  17 2.3   266 1.8   1,671 4.7   9,946 5.3   7,561 3.4  
Hawaii  19 6.6   1,852 4.6   119 4.8   51 4.6   526 5.3  
Idaho  35 2.7   29 2.0   319 3.1   13 1.3   942 1.4  
Illinois  199 15.3   2,056 8.2   14,958 13.4   25,744 20.0   29,228 8.0  
Indiana  26 3.0   44 1.0   386 2.3   1,028 2.7   3,809 1.5  
                                   
Iowa  52 6.0   73 2.4   445 5.3   610 7.9   3,602 2.7  
Kansas  66 3.0   45 1.3   484 3.0   379 3.1   1,840 1.8  
Kentucky  8 3.0   45 2.2   161 4.0   1,061 4.8   4,307 2.6  
Louisiana  90 6.6   93 3.1   374 8.5   7,411 9.4   4,314 4.7  
Maine  44 8.9   25 2.8   28 4.4   65 4.5   2,102 3.5  
                                   
Maryland  50 5.3   157 1.1   846 4.1   3,996 3.9   2,880 2.3  
Massachusetts  35 4.3   253 1.8   2,900 7.5   1,450 5.6   3,792 1.8   155 3.4
Michigan  324 6.4   200 1.6   1,162 5.6   8,850 7.9   10,002 2.6  
Minnesota  492 8.5   310 1.9   677 5.0   1,193 4.7   2,505 1.2  
Mississippi  9 3.9   24 1.9   66 3.2   3,711 5.2   2,024 3.2   0 0.0
                                   
Missouri  66 5.0   102 2.2   407 4.9   4,872 9.6   6,774 3.1  
Montana  559 12.3   19 3.5   88 8.3   27 7.5   1,579 4.1  
Nebraska  78 5.5   29 1.7   456 4.7   408 6.0   1,207 1.7  
Nevada5   114 5.8   359 3.4   2,704 6.6   1,033 6.9   2,131 3.7  
New Hampshire  6 3.1   8 0.7   40 2.1   65 6.0   1,007 1.7  
                                   
New Jersey  23 3.5   112 0.3   2,199 2.9   2,503 3.4   2,085 0.9   4 0.7
New Mexico  898 7.1   39 3.1   2,587 5.0   135 5.2   1,145 3.8  
New York  270 6.7   1,644 2.5   12,564 7.1   13,120 7.6   9,085 2.0  
North Carolina  450 7.7   213 2.1   2,365 7.3   8,264 6.0   11,135 4.6  
North Dakota  233 8.7   3 1.0   26 5.2   29 5.5   466 1.7  
Ohio  66 7.6   140 1.7   999 7.8   9,609 9.9   12,417 2.8  
Oklahoma  872 2.6   78 1.9   546 3.7   509 2.7   2,457 2.3  
Oregon  245 6.4   199 2.4   1,348 5.1   330 6.1   3,759 2.9  
Pennsylvania  32 3.4   218 1.5   2,176 5.9   3,995 4.6   7,014 1.6  
Rhode Island  17 5.4   54 3.7   589 7.2   277 6.3   1,149 3.5  
                                   
South Carolina  43 6.3   41 1.4   312 3.9   3,040 3.6   3,605 3.2  
South Dakota  238 6.2   4 0.8   31 3.5   7 0.8   403 1.2  
Tennessee  16 2.7   71 1.7   408 3.9   4,697 6.4   3,894 2.0  
Texas  103 2.2   473 1.0   24,059 4.2   9,566 5.0   7,192 1.5  
Utah  191 7.4   151 2.8   1,335 6.7   114 5.3   3,244 2.6  
                                   
Vermont           
Virginia  38 3.2   235 1.1   1,468 5.0   3,896 3.9   3,686 1.7  
Washington  795 9.4   884 3.1   2,857 6.7   1,338 7.2   9,180 4.0  
West Virginia  8 8.4   7 1.2   34 4.8   188 4.4   3,207 4.1  
Wisconsin  216 4.9   206 2.0   885 5.2   2,272 8.0   2,833 1.3  
Wyoming  39 4.5   1 0.3   67 2.7   10 2.7   169 0.7  
Department of Defense dependents schools, Bureau of Indian Education, and other jurisdictions 
DoDDS: DoDs Overseas6           
DDESS: DoDs Domestic6           
Bureau of Indian Education           
American Samoa           
Guam           
Commonwealth of the                                   
Northern Marianas Islands           
Puerto Rico           
U.S. Virgin Islands  1 12.5   0 0.0   57 9.2   326 7.2   3 8.3  
— Not available. State or jurisdiction did not report dropout counts or reported counts that did not conform to the National Center for EducationStatistics (NCES) definition.
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Data not available for more than 20 percent of states.
1 The rate for American Indians/Alaska Natives excludes students served in schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Education.
2 Ungraded dropouts are prorated by NCES into grades 9–12 based on the graded dropout counts to calculate numerators for dropout rates.
3 Ungraded student enrollments are prorated by NCES into grades 9–12 based on graded enrollments to calculate denominators for dropout rates.
4 Reporting states totals include any of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that reported all data elements.
5 Due to item non-response, data for California and Nevada were imputed based on prior year reported data.
6 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. Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and American Indian includes Alaska Native. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin unless specified.
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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