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Dropout Rates in the United States, 1996


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY


          This is the ninth in a series of National Center for Education Statistics reports on high school dropout and completion rates. It presents data on rates in 1996, the most recent year for which data are available, and includes time series data on high school dropout and completion rates for the period 1972 through 1996. In addition to extending time series data reported in earlier years, this report examines the characteristics of high school dropouts and high school completers in 1996.


Event Dropout Rates

          Event dropout rates for 1996 describe the proportion of youths ages 15 through 24 years who dropped out of school in the 12 months preceding October 1996. Demographic data collected in the Current Population Survey (CPS) permit event dropout rates to be calculated across a variety of individual characteristics, including race, sex, region of residence, and income level.


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