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Table 219.62a. Percentage distribution of 2009 ninth-graders, by high school persistence status in 2012 and selected student characteristics: 2009 and 2012
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Selected student characteristic All students Current
dropouts1
Stopouts2 Continuous
students
1 2 3 4 5
Total 100.0 2.7   (0.20) 6.8   (0.28) 90.5   (0.36)
Sex                    
Male 100.0 2.7   (0.27) 7.8   (0.51) 89.4   (0.55)
Female 100.0 2.6   (0.30) 5.8   (0.39) 91.6   (0.47)
                     
Race/ethnicity                    
White 100.0 2.1   (0.20) 5.4   (0.30) 92.6   (0.38)
Black 100.0 4.3   (0.81) 9.4   (0.94) 86.3   (1.35)
Hispanic 100.0 3.5   (0.73) 8.7   (0.92) 87.8   (1.38)
Asian 100.0   (†)   (†) 95.9   (1.14)
Other 100.0 2.7   (0.56) 7.5   (1.19) 89.8   (1.33)
                     
Age in 2012                    
17 years or younger 100.0 0.6   (0.14) 5.6   (0.58) 93.7   (0.58)
17.1 to 17.5 years 100.0 0.9   (0.15) 4.9   (0.36) 94.3   (0.40)
17.6 years or older 100.0 7.1   (0.65) 10.4   (0.63) 82.5   (0.89)
                     
Mathematics assessment score in 2009                    
Lowest fifth 100.0 6.2   (0.96) 11.7   (1.05) 82.1   (1.31)
Second fifth 100.0 3.1   (0.48) 9.3   (0.92) 87.6   (0.93)
Third fifth 100.0 2.0   (0.35) 6.3   (0.65) 91.7   (0.73)
Fourth fifth 100.0 0.9   (0.21) 3.3   (0.37) 95.9   (0.40)
Highest fifth 100.0   (†)   (†) 96.8   (0.43)
                     
Students' educational expectations in
      9th grade (2009)
                   
High school education or less 100.0 7.6   (1.13) 11.4   (1.17) 80.9   (1.43)
Some college 100.0 2.7   (0.73) 6.8   (1.39) 90.4   (1.60)
Bachelor's degree 100.0 1.0   (0.25) 4.9   (0.69) 94.1   (0.71)
Master's or higher degree 100.0 1.1   (0.20) 5.1   (0.48) 93.9   (0.49)
Do not know yet 100.0 2.5   (0.41) 7.9   (0.69) 89.6   (0.81)
                     
Student's educational expectations in
      11th grade (2012)
                   
High school education or less 100.0 8.5   (0.97) 12.1   (0.85) 79.4   (1.15)
Some college 100.0 2.5   (0.44) 9.0   (0.86) 88.5   (0.99)
Bachelor's degree 100.0 1.2   (0.25) 4.9   (0.59) 93.9   (0.63)
Master's or higher degree 100.0 0.6   (0.14) 4.0   (0.39) 95.4   (0.41)
Do not know yet 100.0 4.0   (0.61) 9.4   (1.22) 86.7   (1.40)
                     
Language student first learned to speak                    
English 100.0 2.8   (0.25) 6.8   (0.30) 90.4   (0.41)
Not English or English and another
       language equally
100.0 2.0   (0.42) 7.0   (0.82) 91.0   (0.94)
                     
Family's socioeconomic status in 20093                    
Lowest quintile 100.0 4.7   (0.56) 12.2   (1.02) 83.1   (1.04)
Middle quintile 100.0 2.7   (0.29) 6.0   (0.34) 91.2   (0.41)
Highest quintile 100.0   (†) 3.8   (0.47) 95.7   (0.48)
                     
Highest education level of parents                    
High school education or less 100.0 4.1   (0.40) 9.3   (0.57) 86.6   (0.76)
Some college 100.0 2.8   (0.40) 6.6   (0.55) 90.6   (0.74)
Bachelor's degree 100.0 1.2   (0.28) 3.9   (0.40) 94.9   (0.48)
Master's or higher degree 100.0 0.7 ! (0.23) 4.1   (0.57) 95.2   (0.61)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation 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 Current dropouts are 2009 ninth-graders who were not enrolled in school and had not completed high school or an alternative high school program as of the spring 2012 interview.
2 Stopouts are 2009 ninth-graders who were out of high school for at least one period of 4 weeks or longer between 2009 and 2012 but were enrolled in school as of the spring 2012 interview.
3 Socioeconomic status (SES) was measured by a composite score on parental education and occupations, and family income.
NOTE: Both the base year of the study (conducted in fall 2009, when the students were in the 9th grade) and the first follow-up (conducted in spring 2012, when most of the students were in the 11th grade) consisted of a mathematics assessment and a questionnaire-format interview. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and the suppression of cells that do not meet NCES standards.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) First Follow-up Public-Use Data File (NCES 2014-358); and High School Dropouts and Stopouts: Demographic Backgrounds, Academic Experiences, Engagement, and School Characteristics (NCES 2015-064). (This table was prepared July 2016.)

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