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Dropout Rates in the United States: 2004

NCES 2007-024
November 2006

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Figure 3. Status completion rates of 18- through 24-year-olds not currently enrolled in high school or below, by race/ethnicity: October 1972 through October 2004

Figure 3. Status completion rates of 18- through 24-year-olds not currently enrolled in high school or below, by race/ethnicity: October 1972 through October 2004
NOTE: Status completion rates measure the percentage of 18–24 year-olds who have left high school and who also hold a high school credential. High school credentials include regular diplomas and alternative credentials such as GEDs. Beginning in 2003, respondents were able to identify themselves as being more than one race. The 2003 and 2004 categories for White, non-Hispanic and Black, non-Hispanic contain only respondents who indicated just one race. The Hispanic category includes Hispanics of all races and racial combinations. Due to small sample size for some or all of the years shown in the figure, American Indians/Alaska Natives and Asian/Pacific Islanders are included the totals but not shown separately. The ““more than one race”” category is also included in the total in 2003 and 2004 but not shown separately due to small sample size. The variable nature of the Hispanic status rates reflects, in part, the small sample size of Hispanics in the CPS. Estimates beginning with 1987 reflect new editing procedures for cases with missing data on school enrollment items. Estimates beginning with 1992 reflect new wording of the educational attainment item. Estimates beginning with 1994 reflect changes due to newly instituted computer-assisted interviewing. For details about changes in CPS over time, please see Kaufman, Alt, and Chapman (2004). Dropout Rates in the United States: 2001 (NCES 2005-046).

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 1972–2004.

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