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Dropout Rates in the United States: 2004

NCES 2007-024
November 2006

Table 9. Status completion rates, and number and distribution of completers ages 18–24 not currently enrolled in high school or below, by selected background characteristics: October 2004
Characteristic Completion
Number of
of all
  Total86.8 26,476 22,991 100
Male84.9 13,201 11,205 48.7
Female88.8 13,275 11,786 51.3
White, non-Hispanic91.7 16,537 15,162 65.9
Black, non-Hispanic83.4 3,490 2,912 12.7
Hispanic69.8 4,633 3,234 14.1
Asian/Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic95.1 1,177 1,120 4.9
More than one race93.1 445 414 1.8
18–1985.9 6,428 5,521 24.0
20–2187.2 7,850 6,846 29.8
22–2487.1 12,199 10,625 46.2
Recency of immigration
Born outside the 50 states and District of Columbia
First generation2
Second generation or higher2
Northeast88.7 5,071 4,497 19.6
Midwest89.7 6,040 5,419 23.6
South85.5 9,304 7,958 34.6
West84.4 6,061 5,117 22.3
1 Beginning in 2003, respondents were able to identify themselves as being “more than one race.” The White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic categories consist of individuals who considered themselves to be one race and who did not identify as Hispanic. Non-Hispanics who identified as multiracial are included in the “more than one race” category. The Hispanic category consists of Hispanics of all races and racial combinations. Due to small sample size, American Indians/Alaska Natives are included in the total but are not shown separately.

2 Individuals defined as “first generation” were born in the 50 states or the District of Columbia, and one or both of their parents were born outside the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Individuals defined as “second generation or higher” were born in the 50 states or the District of Columbia, as were both of their parents.

NOTE: Status completion rates measure the percentage of 18- through 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in high school and who also hold a high school diploma or equivalent credential such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. Those still enrolled in high school are excluded from the analysis. Detail may not add to totals because of rounding.

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