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Dropout Rates in the United States: 2005
NCES 2007-059
June 2007

Table 9.  Status completion rates, and number and distribution of completers ages 1824 not currently enrolled in high school or below, by selected background characteristics: October 2005

Characteristic Completion
rate
(percent)
Number of
completers
(thousands)
Population
(thousands)
Percent
of all
completers
       
Total 87.6 23,010 26,270 100
       
Sex      
Male 85.4 11,134 13,044 48.4
Female 89.8 11,877 13,225 51.6
       
Race/ethnicity1      
White, non–Hispanic 92.3 15,138 16,404 65.8
Black, non–Hispanic 85.9 3,020 3,517 13.1
Hispanic 70.2 3,210 4,574 13.9
Asian/Pacific Islander,      
non–Hispanic 95.8 1,088 1,136 4.7
More than one race 89.5 403 450 1.8
       
Age      
18–19 88.0 5,439 6,178 23.6
20–21 87.6 7,213 8,235 31.3
22–24 87.4 10,358 11,857 45.0
       
Recency of immigration      
Born outside the 50 states and      
District of Columbia      
Hispanic 56.8 1,197 2,105 5.2
Non–Hispanic 93.6 1,504 1,607 6.5
First generation2      
Hispanic 80.4 1,133 1,408 4.9
Non–Hispanic 95.6 1,389 1,452 6.0
Second generation or higher2      
Hispanic 83.0 881 1,061 3.8
Non–Hispanic 90.7 16,907 18,636 73.5
       
Region      
Northeast 91.2 4,270 4,682 18.6
Midwest 89.8 5,540 6,167 24.1
South 85.2 7,898 9,267 34.3
West 86.2 5,302 6,154 23.0
1 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. Because of 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 2005.

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