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Table 219.83. Percentage of high school dropouts among persons 16 to 24 years old (status dropout rate), by English speaking ability and race/ethnicity: 2003, 2005, and 2013
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Year and race/ethnicity All 16- to 24-year-olds 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 dropout rate Population (in thousands) Status
dropout rate
Population (in thousands) Status dropout rate
Total Status dropouts Total Status dropouts Total Status dropouts
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
2003                                                      
Total 37,941   (68.3) 4,028   (23.7) 10.6   (0.06) 2,771   (18.6) 1,031   (11.8) 37.2   (0.35) 35,170   (65.7) 2,997   (20.5) 8.5   (0.06)
White 23,448   (135.2) 1,663   (38.2) 7.1   (0.16) 392   (17.5) 52   (6.7) 13.2   (1.61) 23,055   (134.0) 1,611   (37.6) 7.0   (0.16)
Black 5,188   (62.4) 633   (23.5) 12.2   (0.43) 98   (8.6)   (†)   (†) 5,090   (61.8) 625   (23.3) 12.3   (0.43)
Hispanic 6,696   (81.4) 1,556   (42.2) 23.2   (0.56) 1,923   (44.5) 937   (32.3) 48.7   (1.25) 4,773   (68.0) 620   (26.9) 13.0   (0.53)
Asian 1,533   (41.2) 62   (8.8) 4.0   (0.57) 313   (19.2) 25   (5.6) 8.0   (1.73) 1,221   (36.2) 37   (6.8) 3.0   (0.55)
Pacific Islander 67   (8.4) 8 ! (3.2) 12.0 ! (4.49)   (†)   (†)   (†) 62   (8.0)   (†)   (†)
American Indian/Alaska Native 287   (17.6) 37   (6.8) 12.9   (2.23) 8 ! (3.0)   (†)   (†) 279   (17.3) 35   (6.6) 12.6   (2.25)
Some other race1 101   (10.3)   (†)   (†) 18   (4.3)   (†)   (†) 84   (9.4)   (†)   (†)
Two or more races 621   (21.5) 57   (7.1) 9.2   (1.09) 13   (3.1)   (†)   (†) 608   (21.3) 56   (7.0) 9.3   (1.11)
                                                       
2005                                                      
Total 34,598   (58.8) 3,641   (38.7) 10.5   (0.11) 2,517   (22.7) 927   (16.8) 36.8   (0.51) 32,080   (57.6) 2,714   (29.7) 8.5   (0.09)
White 21,158   (46.5) 1,516   (20.1) 7.2   (0.09) 333   (8.5) 36   (2.9) 10.9   (0.79) 20,825   (47.4) 1,480   (19.5) 7.1   (0.09)
Black 4,786   (24.8) 555   (12.5) 11.6   (0.25) 94   (6.3) 14   (2.2) 15.1   (1.96) 4,692   (26.1) 541   (12.6) 11.5   (0.25)
Hispanic 6,190   (28.8) 1,413   (20.8) 22.8   (0.32) 1,787   (20.8) 848   (16.5) 47.5   (0.61) 4,403   (27.5) 564   (13.0) 12.8   (0.29)
Asian 1,423   (12.7) 49   (2.9) 3.5   (0.19) 263   (7.9) 20   (1.6) 7.6   (0.59) 1,160   (13.5) 29   (2.5) 2.5   (0.21)
Pacific Islander 53   (3.2) 5   (1.1) 9.8   (1.81)   (†)   (†)   (†) 49   (3.0) 4   (0.9) 7.5   (1.69)
American Indian/Alaska Native 286   (7.0) 44   (2.6) 15.5   (0.86) 6   (1.0)   (†)   (†) 280   (7.0) 43   (2.5) 15.5   (0.86)
Some other race1 121   (5.8) 15   (2.3) 12.6   (1.78) 23   (3.8) 6   (1.5) 25.8   (5.65) 98   (4.8) 9   (1.7) 9.5   (1.66)
Two or more races 580   (10.1) 44   (2.7) 7.5   (0.44) 8   (1.0)   (†)   (†) 573   (10.1) 43   (2.7) 7.5   (0.45)
                                                       
2013                                                      
Total 39,919   (41.8) 2,716   (24.7) 6.8   (0.06) 1,926   (18.4) 453   (10.8) 23.5   (0.53) 37,992   (40.4) 2,263   (21.8) 6.0   (0.06)
White 22,099   (21.3) 1,040   (13.3) 4.7   (0.06) 220   (7.3) 27   (2.7) 12.0   (1.13) 21,878   (22.0) 1,014   (13.0) 4.6   (0.06)
Black 5,857   (22.9) 527   (11.5) 9.0   (0.19) 84   (3.8) 9   (1.3) 11.2   (1.57) 5,773   (22.5) 517   (11.1) 9.0   (0.18)
Hispanic 8,380   (22.8) 993   (16.9) 11.8   (0.20) 1,197   (16.6) 389   (10.3) 32.5   (0.71) 7,183   (22.3) 603   (12.4) 8.4   (0.17)
Asian 1,927   (13.4) 47   (3.1) 2.5   (0.16) 383   (7.9) 23   (2.1) 5.9   (0.53) 1,544   (13.0) 25   (1.9) 1.6   (0.12)
Pacific Islander 71   (3.6) 4   (0.8) 5.0   (1.03) 5   (1.0)   (†)   (†) 67   (3.5)   (†)   (†)
American Indian/Alaska Native 304   (5.5) 39   (2.4) 12.8   (0.76) 4   (0.7)   (†)   (†) 299   (5.5) 38   (2.4) 12.8   (0.76)
Some other race1 98   (4.6) 5   (1.1) 5.1   (1.13) 7   (1.2)   (†)   (†) 90   (4.3) 4   (1.1) 4.6   (1.18)
Two or more races 1,184   (14.4) 61   (3.5) 5.2   (0.28) 27   (2.4)   (†)   (†) 1,158   (14.0) 59   (3.5) 5.1   (0.29)
†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.
1Respondents who wrote in some other race that was not included as an option on the questionnaire.
NOTE: "Status" dropouts are 16- to 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in school and who have not completed a high school program, regardless of when they left school and whether they ever attended school in the United States. People who have received GED credentials are counted as high school completers. 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 dropout 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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