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Table 219.69. High school completion rate of 18- to 24-year-olds not enrolled in high school (status completion rate), by English speaking ability and race/ethnicity: 2003, 2005, and 2013
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Year and race/ethnicity All 18- to 24-year-olds not enrolled in high school or lower level of education Spoke a language other than English at home
and spoke English less than very well
Spoke English at home
or spoke English very well
Population (in thousands) Status completion rate3 Population (in thousands) Status completion rate3 Population (in thousands) Status completion rate3
Total1 Status completers2 Total1 Status completers2 Total1 Status completers2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2003                                                      
Total 23,763   (55.5) 19,648   (50.9) 82.7   (0.09) 2,116   (16.5) 1,074   (12.0) 50.8   (0.41) 21,647   (53.0) 18,574   (49.4) 85.8   (0.09)
White 14,594   (109.2) 12,890   (103.1) 88.3   (0.25) 241   (14.0) 187   (12.5) 77.8   (2.52) 14,353   (108.3) 12,702   (102.4) 88.5   (0.25)
Black 3,071   (49.6) 2,418   (44.5) 78.7   (0.70) 54   (6.6) 45   (6.1) 82.9   (4.81) 3,017   (49.2) 2,373   (44.1) 78.7   (0.70)
Hispanic 4,454   (68.4) 2,879   (56.3) 64.7   (0.78) 1,571   (40.7) 628   (26.7) 40.0   (1.35) 2,883   (55.0) 2,252   (49.3) 78.1   (0.84)
Asian 1,001   (34.1) 934   (33.1) 93.2   (0.90) 220   (16.3) 193   (15.3) 87.7   (2.51) 782   (29.8) 741   (29.1) 94.8   (0.90)
Pacific Islander 48   (7.3) 39   (6.6) 80.6   (6.44)   (†)   (†)   (†) 44   (6.9) 37   (6.4) 83.2   (6.36)
American Indian/Alaska Native 163   (13.7) 126   (12.2) 77.3   (3.71)   (†)   (†) 67.1 ! (23.47) 158   (13.5) 122   (12.0) 77.7   (3.75)
Some other race4 67   (8.6) 55   (7.9) 82.3   (5.28)   (†)   (†) 68.4   (14.31) 53   (7.7) 46   (7.2) 85.9   (5.40)
Two or more races 365   (17.1) 307   (15.8) 84.1   (1.80) 7 ! (2.4) 6 ! (2.3) 87.9   (11.53) 358   (16.9) 301   (15.6) 84.0   (1.82)
                                                       
2005                                                      
Total 23,654   (52.3) 20,280   (52.1) 85.7   (0.14) 1,942   (20.4) 1,068   (14.4) 55.0   (0.61) 21,712   (47.8) 19,212   (48.9) 88.5   (0.12)
White 14,540   (42.6) 13,165   (40.8) 90.5   (0.12) 210   (6.9) 178   (6.0) 84.6   (1.06) 14,330   (43.4) 12,987   (41.2) 90.6   (0.12)
Black 3,119   (21.1) 2,594   (19.5) 83.2   (0.31) 66   (4.7) 53   (3.7) 80.0   (2.41) 3,053   (22.3) 2,541   (20.3) 83.2   (0.32)
Hispanic 4,323   (22.1) 2,995   (23.9) 69.3   (0.43) 1,448   (19.1) 647   (11.2) 44.7   (0.68) 2,875   (23.4) 2,348   (22.8) 81.7   (0.40)
Asian 1,004   (11.4) 955   (10.7) 95.1   (0.28) 189   (7.2) 170   (7.0) 89.9   (0.81) 815   (11.7) 785   (10.8) 96.3   (0.31)
Pacific Islander 40   (2.9) 35   (2.5) 87.7   (2.44)   (†)   (†) 57.8   (12.48) 37   (2.7) 33   (2.5) 90.3   (2.29)
American Indian/Alaska Native 184   (5.5) 146   (5.3) 79.0   (1.22)   (†)   (†) 73.8   (11.58) 181   (5.4) 143   (5.2) 79.1   (1.19)
Some other race4 78   (4.1) 64   (3.8) 82.6   (2.61) 18   (3.0) 12   (2.4) 67.1   (6.89) 60   (3.5) 52   (3.3) 87.2   (2.51)
Two or more races 366   (7.2) 326   (6.8) 88.9   (0.64) 4   (0.7) 4   (0.7) 86.0   (5.10) 362   (7.4) 322   (6.9) 89.0   (0.64)
                                                       
2013                                                      
Total 28,847   (44.3) 26,311   (41.2) 91.2   (0.08) 1,488   (16.9) 1,052   (15.1) 70.7   (0.63) 27,359   (40.0) 25,259   (38.1) 92.3   (0.07)
White 16,161   (21.3) 15,211   (21.4) 94.1   (0.07) 156   (6.0) 134   (5.3) 85.5   (1.35) 16,005   (21.7) 15,078   (21.8) 94.2   (0.07)
Black 4,173   (19.1) 3,678   (19.8) 88.1   (0.26) 57   (3.1) 48   (3.3) 83.3   (2.39) 4,116   (18.9) 3,630   (19.4) 88.2   (0.26)
Hispanic 5,913   (21.7) 4,965   (22.0) 84.0   (0.26) 931   (14.6) 554   (10.9) 59.5   (0.83) 4,982   (19.9) 4,411   (20.4) 88.5   (0.23)
Asian 1,467   (11.6) 1,426   (11.8) 97.2   (0.21) 312   (7.0) 290   (6.9) 93.0   (0.66) 1,155   (11.1) 1,136   (11.0) 98.3   (0.15)
Pacific Islander 53   (3.1) 49   (3.0) 94.2   (1.36) 4   (0.8)   (†) 74.3   (10.23) 49   (3.0) 47   (2.9) 95.6   (1.14)
American Indian/Alaska Native 211   (5.1) 176   (4.8) 83.2   (1.08) 3   (0.5) 2   (0.5) 83.7   (6.68) 209   (5.0) 174   (4.8) 83.2   (1.07)
Some other race4 67   (3.4) 63   (3.3) 93.0   (1.54) 5   (1.1)   (†) 85.1   (6.66) 63   (3.2) 59   (3.1) 93.6   (1.63)
Two or more races 802   (12.3) 744   (12.0) 92.8   (0.40) 21   (2.0) 18   (2.0) 87.9   (2.87) 781   (12.0) 726   (11.7) 92.9   (0.41)
†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 Population of 18- to 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in high school or a lower level of education.
2 Status completers are 18- to 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in high school or a lower level of education and who also are high school completers--that is, have either a high school diploma or an alternative credential, such as a GED.
3 The status completion rate is the number of 18- to 24-year-olds who are high school completers as a percentage of the total number of 18- to 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in high school or a lower level of education. High school completers include those with a high school diploma, as well as those with an alternative credential, such as a GED.
4 Respondents who wrote in some other race that was not included as an option on the questionnaire.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Data are based on sample surveys of persons living in households, noninstitutionalized group quarters (such as college or military housing), and institutionalized group quarters (such as correctional or nursing facilities). Status completion rates in this table may differ from those in tables based on the Current Population Survey (CPS) because of differences in survey design and target populations.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS), 2003, 2005, and 2013. (This table was prepared August 2015.)

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