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Dropout Rates in the United States: 2000

Event and Status Dropout Rates

Region and State

In 2000, event dropout rates across the four regions of the country did not show wide variation. The South had an event rate of 6.2 percent, the Midwest had an event rate of 4.4 percent, the Northeast had an event rate of 3.9 percent, and the West had an event rate of 3.8 percent (table 1).

For the past 8 years, the Common Core of Data (CCD) universe collection at NCES has included a dropout component in the agency-level nonfiscal data collection. The number of participating states that report using consistent data definitions and collection procedures has increased from 14 states in the 1991-92 school year to 37 states and the District of Columbia for the 1998-99 school year (table 2)15. Each year a number of additional states submit data that do not meet the specified definitions and collection procedures. Once all states are participating fully in this data collection, event data for sex, race/ethnicity, and grades 9-12 will be aggregated at the national level.

The state level dropout rates for 1998-99 showed considerable variability ranging from 2.4 percent in North Dakota to 10.0 percent in Louisiana (table 2). In all, there were 3 states with dropout rates of less than 3 percent. Apart from North Dakota, Wisconsin had a dropout rate of 2.6 percent and Iowa had a dropout rate of 2.5 percent.

15For event dropout rates by state from the 1991-92 and 1992-93 school years, see U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Dropout Rates in the United States: 1993, NCES 94-669, by M. McMillen and P. Kaufman (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1994), table 29.