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Dropout Rates in the United States: 2004

NCES 2007-024
November 2006

Table 8. Status dropout rates of 16- through 24-year-olds, by sex and race/ethnicity: October 1972 through October 2004
 
  Race/ethnicity (percent)2
Year1 Total
(percent)
Sex (percent) White,
non-
Hispanic
Black,
non-
Hispanic
Hispanic
Male Female
197214.614.115.112.321.334.3
197314.113.714.511.622.233.5
197414.314.214.411.921.233.0
197513.913.314.511.422.929.2
197614.114.114.212.020.531.4
 
197714.114.513.811.919.833.0
197814.214.613.911.920.233.3
197914.615.014.212.021.133.8
198014.115.113.111.419.135.2
198113.915.112.811.418.433.2
 
198213.914.513.311.418.431.7
198313.714.912.511.218.031.6
198413.114.012.311.015.529.8
198512.613.411.810.415.227.6
198612.213.111.49.714.230.11
 
198712.713.312.210.414.128.6
198812.913.512.29.614.535.8
198912.613.611.79.413.933.0
199012.112.311.89.013.232.4
199112.513.011.98.913.635.3
 
199211.011.310.77.713.729.4
199311.011.210.97.913.627.5
199411.512.310.67.712.630.0
199512.012.211.78.612.130.0
199611.111.410.97.313.029.4
 
199711.011.910.17.613.425.3
199811.813.310.37.713.829.5
199911.211.910.57.312.628.6
200010.912.09.96.913.127.8
200110.712.29.37.310.927.0
 
200210.511.89.26.511.325.7
20039.911.38.46.310.923.5
200410.311.69.06.811.823.8
1 Estimates beginning in 1987 reflect new editing procedures for cases with missing data on school enrollment items. Estimates beginning in 1992 reflect new wording of the educational attainment item. Estimates beginning in 1994 reflect changes due to newly instituted computer-assisted interviewing. For details about changes in the Current Population Survey (CPS) over time, please see Kaufman, P., Alt, M., and Chapman, C. (2004). Dropout Rates in the United States: 2001 (NCES 2005-046).

2 Beginning in 2003, respondents were able to identify themselves as being “more than one race.” The 2003 White, non-Hispanic and Black, non-Hispanic categories consist of individuals who considered themselves to be one race and who did not identify as Hispanic. 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 table, 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.

NOTE: The status dropout rate indicates the percentage of 16- through 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in high school and who lack a high school credential. High school credential includes a high school diploma or equivalent credential such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate.

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