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Table 5. Public high school numbers of dropouts and event dropout rates for grades 9–12, by grade and state or jurisdiction: School year 2009–10
 
State or jurisdiction Grade 91 Grade 101 Grade 111 Grade 121
Number of
dropouts
Event
dropout
rate
Number of
dropouts
Event
dropout
rate
Number of
dropouts
Event
dropout
rate
Number of
dropouts
Event
dropout
rate
Total2 104,756 2.6 113,370 3 117,536 3.3 175,806 5.1
Alabama 864 1.4 1,128 2.0 1,048 2.1 862 1.8
Alaska 404 4.0 551 5.5 1,014 9.3 851 8.7
Arizona 4,207 5.1 4,594 5.7 5,269 7.0 10,795 13.6
Arkansas 720 1.9 1,130 3.2 1,427 4.4 1,613 5.3
California 13,849 2.6 15,518 3.1 20,625 4.2 42,587 8.9
Colorado 1,957 3.1 2,216 3.7 3,045 5.3 5,673 9.7
Connecticut 1,316 2.8 1,127 2.6 1,452 3.4 1,299 3.2
Delaware 546 4.7 386 3.7 299 3.4 288 3.5
District of Columbia3 501 8.1 262 5.9 153 4.2 133 4.0
Florida 4,189 1.9 4,348 2.2 4,678 2.4 4,816 2.8
Georgia 5,800 4.0 5,095 4.2 4,074 3.8 2,800 2.9
Hawaii 562 3.7 816 5.7 726 5.8 632 6.0
Idaho 211 1.0 235 1.1 301 1.5 386 2.0
Illinois 3,482 2.0 5,287 3.1 3,970 2.7 5,801 4.0
Indiana 373 0.4 945 1.2 1,349 1.7 2,346 3.2
Iowa 363 1.0 713 1.9 1,276 3.5 2,747 7.1
Kansas 442 1.2 661 1.9 765 2.3 1,105 3.3
Kentucky 1,076 2.0 1,769 3.5 1,762 3.8 1,615 3.7
Louisiana 3,229 5.7 1,920 4.2 1,663 4.1 1,892 4.9
Maine 252 1.7 349 2.3 703 4.8 1,260 8.3
Maryland 1,998 2.7 2,029 3.0 1,686 2.7 1,369 2.2
Massachusetts 2,356 3.0 2,045 2.8 1,837 2.6 1,847 2.7
Michigan 4,305 3.1 6,661 4.9 5,318 4.2 6,699 5.3
Minnesota 337 0.5 453 0.7 796 1.2 2,752 3.7
Mississippi 2,399 6.0 2,651 7.3 2,339 7.3 2,023 7.0
Missouri 2,139 2.9 2,009 2.9 2,449 3.6 3,245 4.8
Montana 340 2.9 435 3.9 527 4.9 599 5.7
Nebraska 186 0.8 372 1.7 538 2.5 825 3.7
Nevada 790 2.3 1,389 4.0 1,294 4.4 2,071 8.0
New Hampshire 3 # 6 # 90 0.6 667 4.3
New Jersey 1,696 1.6 1,667 1.6 1,522 1.5 1,594 1.6
New Mexico 2,229 7.5 2,075 7.8 1,484 6.6 1,021 5.1
New York 7,354 3.1 8,222 3.5 6,674 3.4 8,931 4.7
North Carolina 6,553 5.1 5,535 4.9 4,769 4.8 3,338 3.8
North Dakota 40 0.5 174 2.3 207 2.7 259 3.4
Ohio 6,968 4.4 3,853 2.8 4,574 3.7 7,011 5.9
Oklahoma 949 1.9 1,062 2.3 1,188 2.8 1,086 2.7
Oregon 465 1.0 771 1.7 1,451 3.3 3,299 7.2
Pennsylvania 1,643 1.1 3,029 2.0 3,268 2.3 4,302 3.1
Rhode Island 573 4.4 613 5.0 509 4.7 471 4.4
South Carolina 1,691 2.7 1,811 3.3 1,547 3.2 1,220 2.7
South Dakota 184 1.8 267 2.7 258 2.8 291 3.3
Tennessee 1,370 1.8 1,579 2.1 1,790 2.6 2,843 4.3
Texas 6,945 1.8 8,253 2.5 6,824 2.2 14,048 4.8
Utah 207 0.5 555 1.4 927 2.3 2,444 6.1
Vermont 76 1.0 180 2.4 215 3.0 250 3.4
Virginia 1,741 1.7 1,857 1.9 1,934 2.1 2,467 2.8
Washington 2,881 3.4 2,792 3.4 3,472 4.4 4,815 5.8
West Virginia 809 3.4 848 4.1 839 4.4 798 4.3
Wisconsin 971 1.4 611 0.9 1,222 1.7 3,260 4.6
Wyoming 215 3.2 516 7.3 389 6.1 460 7.5
 
Department of Defense dependents schools, Bureau of Indian Education, and other jurisdictions
DoDDS: DoDs Overseas4
DDESS: DoDs Domestic4
Bureau of Indian Education
American Samoa
Guam
Commonwealth of the
   Northern Marianas Islands
Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands 122 7.2 68 5.5 53  4.7 38  3.7
# Rounds to zero.
1 Ungraded student enrollment counts and ungraded dropout counts are not factored into these individual grade-level dropout rates.
2 Totals include the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
3 Data were imputed based on prior year rates.
4 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 grad 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 2009–10, Version 1a.


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