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Table 219.50. Number and percentage of 9th- to 12th-graders who dropped out of public schools (event dropout rate), by race/ethnicity, grade, and state or jurisdiction: School year 2018-19
State or jurisdiction Percent of 9th- to 12th-graders who dropped out (event dropout rate), by race/ethnicity Number and percent of 9th- to 12th-graders who dropped out
(event dropout rate), by grade
Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
Total1 American
Indian/
Alaska
Native
Asian Black Hispanic Pacific
Islander
White Two or
more
 races
Number of dropouts Event dropout rate Number of dropouts Event dropout rate Number of dropouts Event dropout rate Number of dropouts Event dropout rate
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
United States 2.6 5.1 1.0 4.0 3.3 4.1 1.8 2.9 69,192 1.7 82,667 2.1 95,263 2.6 140,692 3.9
Alabama 1.7 1.4 0.7 2.1 2.6 2.8 1.3 1.4 679 1.2 817 1.5 1,047 2.0 1,044 2.0
Alaska 4.2 8.2 1.9 4.5 4.3 5.7 2.3 5.7 200 2.1 311 3.4 471 5.2 598 6.2
Arizona 4.0 6.2 1.9 5.7 4.7 4.5 2.8 4.0 2,553 2.9 2,003 2.3 2,628 3.2 6,655 7.5
Arkansas 2.7 3.2 0.9 4.3 3.0 4.7 2.0 3.0 630 1.7 788 2.1 1,073 3.0 1,222 3.7
California 2.6 5.1 0.8 5.0 3.1 3.2 1.8 3.0 9,181 1.9 8,563 1.7 9,989 2.1 23,161 4.7

Colorado
3.2 6.5 1.3 5.0 5.3 5.2 1.9 2.8 911 1.3 1,142 1.7 2,011 3.1 4,766 6.9
Connecticut 1.2 1.4 0.3 2.0 2.5 1.0 0.6 1.0 373 0.9 475 1.1 526 1.3 628 1.5
Delaware 1.7 3.4 0.5 2.0 2.3 2.1 1.3 1.1 208 1.7 216 2.0 160 1.6 116 1.2
District of Columbia 12.3 10.6 12.7 12.5 8.2 15.1 435 7.4 851 18.2 449 10.6 596 14.5
Florida 1.7 2.9 0.4 2.4 1.9 1.5 1.1 1.4 2,588 1.2 2,930 1.4 3,285 1.6 5,489 2.7

Georgia
3.5 5.3 1.2 4.1 4.5 3.7 2.9 3.6 5,146 3.5 5,310 4.0 4,333 3.6 3,545 3.0
Hawaii 3.3 4.7 1.7 3.6 4.1 4.9 3.2 3.1 461 3.1 476 3.6 412 3.4 341 3.2
Idaho 5.6 9.0 7.7 7.9 6.7 7.6 5.1 6.6 811 3.3 1,043 4.4 1,275 5.6 2,087 9.3
Illinois 1.5 2.7 0.4 3.6 2.2 0.8 0.7 1.2 1,171 0.7 2,570 1.7 2,953 2.0 2,751 1.8
Indiana 3.6 4.8 3.0 8.5 5.0 8.1 2.5 4.3 935 1.1 1,212 1.5 4,645 5.7 5,133 6.1

Iowa
2.6 6.8 1.5 6.5 4.9 8.0 1.9 3.9 247 0.7 530 1.4 1,166 3.2 1,943 5.3
Kansas 2.1 3.7 0.6 3.2 2.9 4.2 1.7 2.8 328 0.9 553 1.5 793 2.3 1,300 3.8
Kentucky 1.8 2.7 1.0 3.7 3.5 3.3 1.4 2.1 404 0.8 838 1.6 1,014 2.1 1,342 2.9
Louisiana 3.3 1.1 1.5 4.2 6.4 3.1 2.0 3.0 1,846 3.3 1,720 3.4 1,518 3.2 1,443 3.2
Maine 2.9 7.4 1.0 4.3 3.4 0 2.8 3.6 83 0.6 153 1.1 350 2.6 1,017 7.2

Maryland
3.0 4.5 0.6 3.6 7.1 3.3 1.3 1.9 2,176 3.0 2,140 3.2 1,658 2.7 1,986 3.3
Massachusetts 1.7 2.8 0.5 2.5 4.2 2.2 1.0 1.8 1,241 1.6 1,316 1.8 1,261 1.7 1,369 1.9
Michigan 4.9 7.2 1.9 9.7 6.4 4.6 3.6 7.0 3,391 2.8 5,849 4.9 6,208 5.5 7,650 6.6
Minnesota 1.8 7.8 0.9 3.3 3.5 2.4 1.2 3.0 193 0.3 402 0.6 888 1.4 3,312 4.6
Mississippi 2.5 1.9 1.3 2.9 4.1 3.9 1.9 2.3 670 1.9 976 2.9 842 2.7 661 2.2

Missouri
1.9 2.3 0.7 4.7 2.7 2.5 1.3 2.4 640 0.9 953 1.4 1,426 2.2 2,070 3.2
Montana 3.3 8.2 1.0 5.2 5.0 4.2 2.6 4.1 153 1.3 339 3.1 471 4.5 442 4.5
Nebraska 1.6 4.2 1.8 3.3 3.3 0.8 0.9 1.9 54 0.2 81 0.3 238 1.0 1,194 4.9
Nevada 2.7 2.8 1.2 5.1 2.7 3.1 2.1 2.7 768 2.1 1,001 2.8 1,168 3.3 900 2.7
New Hampshire 1.1 2.0 0.6 2.0 3.4 5.2 0.9 0.7 2 # 10 0.1 57 0.4 535 4.0

New Jersey
1.1 1.1 0.2 2.0 2.1 0.5 0.5 0.8 740 0.7 1,018 1.0 1,211 1.2 1,697 1.7
New Mexico 4.4 5.4 2.0 5.6 4.4 5.4 3.8 3.9 1,102 3.8 1,067 4.2 1,084 4.7 1,067 4.9
New York 2.5 4.7 1.5 3.6 4.2 3.0 1.3 2.1 3,499 1.6 4,504 2.1 4,761 2.5 7,452 3.9
North Carolina 2.0 3.2 0.6 2.4 3.1 2.4 1.5 2.5 2,606 2.1 2,962 2.5 2,417 2.1 1,448 1.4
North Dakota 2.8 8.5 4.6 4.4 5.1 2.4 1.8 4.6 79 0.9 188 2.3 255 3.4 356 4.7

Ohio
3.8 5.3 1.9 7.3 6.2 4.0 2.8 5.3 4,051 2.9 3,537 2.7 4,704 4.0 7,057 5.9
Oklahoma 3.0 3.3 1.7 4.2 3.7 4.1 2.6 2.3 1,406 2.7 1,520 3.0 1,460 3.1 1,340 3.0
Oregon 3.3 6.9 0.9 5.7 4.3 5.0 2.8 3.5 441 1.0 879 2.0 1,337 3.1 3,221 6.9
Pennsylvania 2.5 3.9 0.9 4.7 5.3 1.8 1.6 3.8 2,056 1.4 3,031 2.2 3,640 2.8 4,918 3.7
Rhode Island 2.9 3.9 1.7 3.5 4.6 5.9 2.1 3.6 176 1.5 294 2.6 357 3.3 483 4.4

South Carolina
2.2 4.9 0.6 2.4 3.3 2.0 1.9 2.3 1,162 1.8 1,321 2.3 1,262 2.4 1,107 2.2
South Dakota 2.2 8.1 1.8 3.4 4.4 5.4 1.3 3.2 165 1.5 187 1.9 190 2.1 310 3.6
Tennessee 2.0 2.7 0.9 4.3 3.9 1.6 1.0 1.7 1,130 1.5 1,147 1.6 1,598 2.2 2,083 3.0
Texas 2.0 2.7 0.6 3.1 2.3 2.7 1.1 1.7 7,074 1.6 8,351 2.1 7,269 1.9 8,262 2.3
Utah 4.1 8.1 3.9 7.7 6.7 6.0 3.4 4.2 1,085 2.1 1,494 3.0 2,170 4.5 3,423 7.2

Vermont
2.4 2.2 1.5 4.3 1.7 2.4 3.5 32 0.5 129 2.0 205 3.4 234 4.0
Virginia 1.8 2.1 0.5 2.4 4.6 0.6 1.0 1.1 1,458 1.4 1,703 1.7 1,912 2.0 2,011 2.1
Washington 4.1 7.8 1.6 5.6 6.2 5.3 3.3 4.1 1,940 2.3 2,718 3.3 3,755 4.6 5,305 5.9
West Virginia 1.3 3.6 0.2 2.0 1.8 0 1.2 1.5 64 0.3 218 1.1 274 1.5 440 2.4
Wisconsin 1.7 3.8 1.0 6.1 3.0 1.1 0.9 2.2 289 0.4 539 0.8 779 1.2 2,836 4.3
Wyoming 4.0 8.6 1.8 7.8 5.9 4.4 3.4 5.5 159 2.1 292 4.1 308 4.7 346 5.4

Bureau of Indian
   Education
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DoDEA2
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Other jurisdictions
                               
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Guam --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
Northern Marianas --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
Puerto Rico 7.0 15.3 7.0 9.8 0 1,739 7.2 2,029 8.6 1,766 7.7 1,291 5.7
U.S. Virgin Islands 5.3 4.5 8.7 3.8 52 4.8 42 5.1 50 6.2 38 5.4
---Not available.
#Rounds to zero.
‡Reporting standards not met (too few cases for a reliable estimate).
1Total averaged event dropout rate is based on reported totals of enrollment and dropouts by grade rather than on details reported by race/ethnicity.
2DoDEA = Department of Defense Education Activity. Includes both domestic and overseas schools.
NOTE: Event dropout rates measure the percentage of public school students in grades 9 through 12 who dropped out of school between one October and the next. Enrollment and dropout data for ungraded students were prorated into grades 9 through 12 based on the counts for graded students. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Dropout and Completion Data File," 2018-19; and "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education," 2018-19. (This table was prepared August 2023.)

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