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Table 7. Public high school event dropout rate for grades 912, by state or jurisdiction: School years 200203 through 200910
 
State or jurisdiction Event dropout rates, grades 9-121
2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10
Reporting states2 3.9 4.1 3.9 3.9 4.4 4.1 4.1 3.4
Alabama 3.5 3.3 2.8 2.5 2.3 2.2 1.5 1.8
Alaska 7.6 7.0 8.2 8.0 7.3 7.3 7.0 6.9
Arizona 8.5 6.7 6.2 7.6 7.6 6.7 8.3 7.8
Arkansas 4.6 4.7 4.3 3.1 4.6 4.7 4.1 3.6
California 3.2 3.3 3.1 3.7 5.5 5.0 5.0 3 4.6
Colorado 3.5 5.4 7.8 7.8 6.9 6.4 6.1 5.3
Connecticut 2.1 2.0 2.1 2.8 3.1 3.0
Delaware 5.5 6.1 5.3 5.5 5.5 6.0 5.1 3.9
District of Columbia 7.1 5.5 7.0 7.0 4
Florida 3.4 3.4 3.5 4.1 3.8 3.3 2.6 2.3
Georgia 5.8 5.4 5.6 5.2 4.6 4.3 4.2 3.8
Hawaii 4.7 4.8 4.7 4.7 5.4 5.4 4.9 5.2
Idaho 3.9 3.1 3.0 2.7 2.6 2.0 1.6 1.4
Illinois 5.7 5.3 4.5 4.0 4.0 5.2 11.5 2.9
Indiana 2.2 2.5 2.5 2.9 2.7 1.7 1.7 1.6
Iowa 1.9   2.2 2.2 2.3 2.9 3.1 3.4
Kansas 2.4 2.2 2.1 2.4 2.7 2.5 2.1 2.1
Kentucky 3.3 3.3 3.5 3.3 3.0 2.8 2.9 3.2
Louisiana 7.5 7.9 7.5 8.4 7.4 7.5 6.8 4.8
Maine 2.8 2.7 2.8 5.4 5.3 4.4 3.6 4.2
Maryland 3.6 4.1 3.9 3.9 3.8 3.6 3.0 2.7
Massachusetts 3.3 3.7 3.8 3.4 3.8 3.4 2.9 2.8
Michigan 4.5 4.6 3.9 3.5 7.4 6.2 3.8 4.3
Minnesota 3.8 3.1 3.0 2.8 1.9 1.6
Mississippi 3.7 2.9 2.8 3.0 4.3 4.6 4.2 7.4
Missouri 3.3 3.3 3.7 4.1 3.7 4.9 4.3 3.5
Montana 3.6 3.4 3.4 3.7 3.7 5.2 5.0 4.3
Nebraska 3.1 2.8 2.7 2.8 2.8 2.5 2.4 2.2
Nevada 6.1 6.0 5.8 7.7 5.1 5.1 5.1 3 4.5
New Hampshire 3.8 3.8 3.5 3.2 3.2 3.0 1.7 1.2
New Jersey 1.8 1.7 2.0 1.7 1.6 1.6
New Mexico 4.7 5.2 4.2 5.5 6.1 5.2 4.9 6.9
New York 5.5 5.6 5.7 4.4 5.3 3.9 4.2 3.6
North Carolina 5.2 5.2 5.2 5.7 5.2 5.3 4.7
North Dakota 2.2 2.0 1.9 2.1 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.2
Ohio 3.0 3.3 3.5 4.1 4.5 4.3 4.2 4.2
Oklahoma 4.0 3.9 3.5 3.6 3.5 3.1 2.5 2.4
Oregon 4.4 4.6 4.6 3.8 3.4 3.4
Pennsylvania 3.2 2.9 2.9 2.8 2.6 2.3 2.1
Rhode Island 4.0 3.4 4.1 4.1 5.8 5.3 4.4 4.6
South Carolina 3.2 3.4 3.3 3.9 3.9 3.4 3.0
South Dakota 3.3 4.2 4.4 4.4 3.9 2.3 1.8 2.6
Tennessee 3.2 3.3 2.7 2.8 3.1 3.9 3.2 2.7
Texas 3.6 3.6 3.6 4.3 4.0 4.0 3.2 2.7
Utah 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.3 3.1 4.2 3.3 2.6
Vermont 3.5 2.8 2.6 2.6 2.4
Virginia 3.0 2.8 2.5 2.7 2.6 2.7 2.5 2.1
Washington 6.2 6.5 4.5 5.6 5.1 5.7 4.7 4.2
West Virginia 3.7 4.3 4.1 3.9 4.0 4.4 4.1 4.0
Wisconsin 2.0 2.4 2.2 2.2 2.3 2.3 2.2
Wyoming 4.5 4.6 4.8 5.7 5.1 5.0 1.1 6.0
 
Department of Defense dependents schools, Bureau of Indian Education, and other jurisdictions
DoDDS: DoDs Overseas5
DDESS: DoDs Domestic5
Bureau of Indian Education
American Samoa 2.0 2.4 2.5 2.5
Guam 9.1
Commonwealth of the
   Northern Marianas Islands
2.6 2.8 2.8 3.5 3.1
Puerto Rico 0.7
U.S. Virgin Islands 2.8 7.7 6.2 8.2 5.4 7.8 7.4 5.5
— Not available. State or jurisdiction did not report dropout counts or reported counts that did not conform to the NCES definition.
1 Prior to 2007–08, ungraded dropouts were distributed across grades before the data were reported to NCES. Beginning with the 2007–08 school year NCES prorated ungraded dropouts into the high school grades 9–12. For all years reported here, ungraded student enrollments are prorated by NCES into grades to calculate denominators for dropout rates.
2 Reporting states totals include any of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that reported all data elements.
3 Due to item nonresponse, data for California and Nevada were imputed based on prior year reported data.
4 Data were imputed based on prior year rates.
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. Caution should be taken when interpreting these data. Changes in the dropout data may reflect a real change or they could reflect an increased ability to identify students who dropped out.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "Common Core of Data State-Level Public School Dropout Data File," 2002–03, version 1a; 2003–04, Version 1a; 2004–05, Version 1a; and "NCES Common Core of Data State Dropout and Completion Data File," School Year 2005–06, Version 1b; 2006–07, Version 1a; 2007–08, Version 1b; 2008–09, Version 1a; and 2009–10, Version 1a.


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