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Table 219.57. Among 15- to 24-year-olds enrolled in grades 10 through 12, percentage who dropped out (event dropout rate), and number and percentage distribution of 15- to 24-year-olds in grades 10 through 12, by selected characteristics: Selected years, 2005 through 2015
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Selected characteristic Event dropout rate (percent)1 2015
Number of 15- to 24-year-olds enrolled in grades 10 through 12 (in thousands) Percentage distribution of 15- to 24-year-olds enrolled in grades 10 through 12
2005 2010 2014 2015 Total population2 Event dropouts only3 Total population2 Event dropouts only3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Total 3.8   (0.27) 3.0   (0.26) 5.2   (0.38) 4.9   (0.43) 11,000   (125.6) 535   (48.8) 100.0   (†) 100.0   (†)
Sex                                                
Male 4.2   (0.40) 3.0   (0.36) 5.4   (0.58) 5.1   (0.60) 5,563   (90.6) 283   (34.2) 50.6   (0.52) 52.9   (4.16)
Female 3.4   (0.36) 2.9   (0.35) 5.0   (0.53) 4.6   (0.57) 5,437   (78.3) 252   (31.8) 49.4   (0.52) 47.1   (4.16)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 2.8   (0.29) 2.3   (0.29) 4.7   (0.43) 3.8   (0.47) 6,117   (93.9) 233   (29.5) 55.6   (0.60) 43.5   (4.57)
Black 7.3   (1.03) 3.6   (0.88) 5.7   (1.21) 6.8   (1.37) 1,519   (57.2) 104   (21.6) 13.8   (0.46) 19.4   (3.60)
Hispanic 5.0   (0.87) 4.1   (0.73) 7.9   (1.05) 6.2   (1.12) 2,386   (60.3) 148   (27.3) 21.7   (0.52) 27.6   (4.13)
Asian   (†) 3.1 ! (1.47)   (†) 6.7 ! (2.26) 513   (31.9)   (†) 4.7   (0.28) 6.4 ! (2.10)
Pacific Islander   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
American Indian/Alaska Native   (†)   (†) 10.1 ! (3.91) 8.6 ! (4.14) 91   (15.4)   (†) 0.8   (0.14) 1.5 ! (0.72)
Two or more races 4.9 ! (2.17) 5.8 ! (2.60)   (†)   (†) 332   (27.0)   (†) 3.0   (0.25)   (†)
                                                 
Family income4                                                
Lowest quarter 8.9   (0.97) 5.7   (0.95) 9.4   (1.27) 8.1   (1.17) 1,919   (80.7) 155   (23.7) 17.4   (0.70) 29.0   (3.64)
Middle low quarter 4.4   (0.66) 2.6   (0.54) 5.1   (0.74) 5.0   (0.84) 2,528   (83.8) 128   (21.6) 23.0   (0.76) 23.9   (3.58)
Middle high quarter 3.2   (0.47) 3.0   (0.55) 5.5   (0.71) 5.3   (0.79) 2,686   (91.4) 143   (22.0) 24.4   (0.75) 26.6   (3.32)
Highest quarter 1.6   (0.29) 1.7   (0.39) 2.8   (0.47) 2.8   (0.57) 3,867   (102.6) 110   (22.0) 35.2   (0.83) 20.5   (3.47)
                                                 
Age5                                                
15-16 2.1   (0.37) 2.0   (0.40) 6.2   (0.82) 5.4   (0.77) 3,106   (87.2) 166   (24.6) 28.2   (0.65) 31.1   (3.92)
17 2.4   (0.37) 1.8   (0.33) 3.3   (0.60) 2.8   (0.46) 3,682   (54.5) 103   (17.0) 33.5   (0.56) 19.2   (2.84)
18 3.9   (0.54) 4.0   (0.61) 4.2   (0.73) 3.8   (0.67) 2,948   (60.9) 111   (20.0) 26.8   (0.51) 20.8   (3.25)
19 9.1   (1.58) 3.3 ! (1.11) 7.4   (1.38) 8.5   (1.97) 884   (56.9)   (†) 8.0   (0.49) 14.0   (2.98)
20-24 24.4   (3.44) 13.7   (2.98) 19.5   (4.25) 21.0   (4.25) 380   (42.0)   (†) 3.5   (0.37) 14.9   (3.14)
                                                 
Recency of immigration6                                                
Born outside the United States                                                
Hispanic 6.7 ! (2.14)   (†) 20.1   (4.27) 4.8 ! (2.00) 374   (35.0)   (†) 3.4   (0.32) 3.4 ! (1.31)
Non-Hispanic 5.7 ! (1.98)   (†) 4.7 ! (2.18) 5.6 ! (2.29) 436   (39.5)   (†) 4.0   (0.35) 4.6 ! (1.83)
First generation                                                
Hispanic 5.3   (1.41) 5.5   (1.30) 5.4   (1.31) 4.9   (1.26) 1,122   (56.4)   (†) 10.2   (0.51) 10.2   (2.59)
Non-Hispanic   (†) 3.2 ! (1.11) 3.1 ! (1.00) 4.9 ! (1.53) 783   (48.4)   (†) 7.1   (0.43) 7.1 ! (2.13)
Second or later generation                                                
Hispanic 3.7 ! (1.23) 3.1 ! (1.08) 6.2   (1.86) 8.4   (2.06) 890   (51.5)   (†) 8.1   (0.46) 14.0   (3.12)
Non-Hispanic 3.7   (0.35) 2.7   (0.29) 4.7   (0.37) 4.4   (0.47) 7,395   (116.0) 325   (35.7) 67.2   (0.68) 60.7   (4.74)
                                                 
Disability status7                                                
With a disability   (†) 4.3 ! (1.69) 4.0 ! (1.39) 7.1 ! (2.33) 425   (40.9)   (†) 3.9   (0.36) 5.7 ! (1.81)
Without a disability   (†) 2.9   (0.26) 5.3   (0.39) 4.8   (0.42) 10,576   (121.0) 505   (46.4) 96.1   (0.36) 94.3   (1.81)
                                                 
Region                                                
Northeast 3.8   (0.58) 2.0   (0.50) 4.8   (0.98) 4.1   (0.91) 1,859   (75.6)   (†) 16.9   (0.64) 14.2   (3.09)
Midwest 3.1   (0.48) 2.1   (0.53) 4.6   (0.68) 2.8   (0.59) 2,374   (74.5)   (†) 21.6   (0.66) 12.4   (2.60)
South 4.4   (0.52) 3.4   (0.49) 5.1   (0.67) 5.3   (0.72) 4,182   (104.8) 222   (31.2) 38.0   (0.82) 41.5   (4.28)
West 3.6   (0.59) 3.9   (0.61) 6.2   (0.93) 6.6   (1.01) 2,585   (84.1) 170   (27.4) 23.5   (0.72) 31.8   (4.01)
—Not available.
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 The event dropout rate is the percentage of 15- to 24-year-olds in grades 10 through 12 who dropped out between one October and the next (e.g., the 2015 data refer to 10th- through 12th-graders who were enrolled in October 2014 but had dropped out by October 2015). Dropping out is defined as leaving school without a high school diploma or alternative credential such as a GED certificate.
2 Includes all 15- to 24-year-olds who were enrolled in grades 10 through 12 in October 2014.
3 Includes only those 15- to 24-year-olds who dropped out of grades 10 through 12 between October 2014 and October 2015. Dropping out is defined as leaving school without a high school diploma or alternative credential such as a GED certificate.
4 Lowest quarter refers to the bottom 25 percent of all family incomes; middle low quarter refers to the 26th through the 50th percentile of all family incomes; middle high quarter refers to the 51st through the 75th percentile of all family incomes; and highest quarter refers to the top 25 percent of all family incomes.
5 Age at the time of data collection. A person's age at the time of dropping out may be 1 year younger, because the dropout event could occur at any time over the previous 12-month period.
6 United States refers to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Marianas. Children born abroad to U.S.-citizen parents are counted as born in the United States. Individuals defined as "first generation" were born in the United States, but one or both of their parents were born outside the United States. Individuals defined as "second generation or higher" were born in the United States, as were both of their parents.
7 Individuals identified as having a disability reported difficulty with at least one of the following: hearing, seeing even when wearing glasses, walking or climbing stairs, dressing or bathing, doing errands alone, concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.
NOTE: Data are based on sample surveys of the civilian noninstitutionalized population, which excludes persons in prisons, persons in the military, and other persons not living in households. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Beginning in 2010, standard errors were computed using replicate weights, which produced more precise values than the generalized variance function methodology used in prior years.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October, 2005 through 2015. (This table was prepared June 2017.)

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