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Table 8.  Public high school number of graduates, number of high school dropouts for grades 912, and high school event dropout rate for grades 9–12, by gender and state or jurisdiction: School year 2008–09
 

Number of graduates
1

High school dropouts
2
Male Female
State or jurisdiction Male Female   Number of dropouts Dropout rate3   Number of dropouts Dropout rate3
Reporting states4 1,287,697 1,331,728   267,999 3.6   198,699 2.7
                 
Alabama  20,207 21,826   1,987 1.8   1,326 1.2
Alaska  3,966 4,042   1,602 7.6   1,302 6.4
Arizona  30,459 31,843   12,733 7.9   9,845 6.4
Arkansas  14,091 13,965   3,305 4.7   2,327 3.5
California     
                 
Colorado  23,227 24,232   8,075 6.7   6,496 5.6
Connecticut  17,270 17,696   3,508 3.9   1,876 2.2
Delaware  3,862 3,977   1,202 6.2   754 4.0
District of Columbia  1,498 2,019   629 7.6   545 5.9
Florida  72,427 77,639   11,687 3.0   8,549 2.3
                 
Georgia  41,306 44,857   11,691 5.1   7,768 3.4
Hawaii  6,026 5,482   1,496 5.4   1,071 4.2
Idaho  8,371 8,436   747 1.8   592 1.5
Illinois  63,901 66,193   35,414 11.5   27,568 8.6
Indiana  30,229 32,083   3,192 2.0   2,099 1.4
                 
Iowa  16,857 17,069   2,761 3.6   2,020 2.7
Kansas  14,973 14,729   1,683 2.4   1,130 1.7
Kentucky  20,200 20,987   2,940 2.9   2,184 2.3
Louisiana  16,544 19,077   7,263 8.2   5,006 5.5
Maine  6,403 6,390   1,204 4.0   885 3.2
                 
Maryland  28,217 30,087    
Massachusetts  32,388 32,870   5,039 3.4   3,542 2.5
Michigan  54,787 57,297   11,994 4.4   8,321 3.2
Minnesota  30,059 29,626   2,982 2.1   2,138 1.6
Mississippi  11,225 13,228   3,465 5.0   2,378 3.4
                 
Missouri  31,392 31,577   6,777 4.7   5,157 3.7
Montana  5,089 4,988   1,288 5.6   984 4.5
Nebraska  9,682 9,819   1,313 2.8   865 2.0
Nevada     
New Hampshire  7,434 7,323   670 2.0   445 1.4
                 
New Jersey  47,721 47,364   3,975 1.8   2,944 1.4
New Mexico  8,745 9,186   2,697 5.4   2,095 4.4
New York  88,242 92,352   21,408 4.9   15,237 3.6
North Carolina  41,247 43,600   13,387 6.2   8,990 4.3
North Dakota  3,646 3,586   406 2.6   351 2.4
                 
Ohio  59,687 60,141   12,469 4.3   10,508 3.8
Oklahoma  18,649 18,570   2,450 2.7   2,012 2.3
Oregon  16,864 17,151   3,257 3.7   2,579 3.2
Pennsylvania  64,759 65,483   7,620 2.6   5,559 2.0
Rhode Island  4,864 5,164   1,233 5.2   853 3.7
                 
South Carolina  18,141 20,792   4,055 3.8   2,986 2.9
South Dakota  4,058 4,065   376 1.9   307 1.6
Tennessee  29,651 30,717   5,398 3.7   3,718 2.6
Texas  131,773 132,468   22,595 3.4   18,924 3.0
Utah  15,000 15,358    
                 
Vermont     
Virginia  38,014 40,395   5,484 2.9   3,833 2.1
Washington  30,056 31,876   8,497 5.1   6,557 4.1
West Virginia  8,818 8,872   1,947 4.5   1,497 3.7
Wisconsin  32,919 32,491   3,941 2.7   2,471 1.8
Wyoming  2,753 2,740   157 1.1   105 0.8
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     
U.S. Virgin Islands  397 543   256 10.4   131 4.8
— Not available. State or jurisdiction did not report graduate counts or dropout counts by gender.
1 Graduate counts were calculated using district-level data. Totals may differ from graduate counts on other tables due to different reporting levels. Graduation rates were not calculated due to missing data at the school district level.
2 Ungraded dropouts are prorated by NCES into grades based on the graded dropout counts to calculate numerators for dropout rates. Ungraded student enrollments are prorated by NCES into grades based on graded enrollments to calculate denominatorsfor dropout rates.
3 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.
4 Reporting states totals include any of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that reported all data elements.
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.
SOURCE: Public School Graduates and Dropouts From the Common Core of Data: School Year 2008–09 Common Core of Data State Dropout and Completion Data File," School Year 2008–09, Version 1a; and "NCES Common Core of Data Local Education Agency Universe Survey Dropout and Completion Restricted-Use Data File," School Year 2008–09, Version 1a.


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