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

Table B–1.  Standard errors for table 1: Event dropout rates and number and distribution of 15- through 24-year-olds who dropped out of grades 1012, by selected background characteristics: October 2005

Characteristic Event
dropout
rate
(percent)
Number of
event
dropouts
(thousands)
Population
enrolled1
(thousands)
Percent
of all
dropouts
Percent of
population
enrolled
           
Total 0.27 29.1 130.5
           
Sex          
Male 0.40 21.8 92.9 3.56 0.70
Female 0.36 19.3 91.7 3.56 0.70
           
Race/ethnicity          
White, non–Hispanic 0.29 20.1 103.5 3.58 0.67
Black, non–Hispanic 1.03 15.8 52.2 3.39 0.52
Hispanic 0.87 15.0 59.8 3.30 0.58
Asian/Pacific Islander,
  non–Hispanic
0.95 3.9 27.3 0.94 0.28
More than one race 2.17 5.2 20.0 1.27 0.22
           
Family income          
Low income 1.06 16.3 51.6 3.38 0.49
Middle income 0.36 21.6 97.2 3.57 0.70
High income 0.30 10.1 68.4 2.31 0.65
           
Age          
15–16 0.37 12.2 66.7 2.72 0.65
17 0.37 13.9 31.1 2.99 0.67
18 0.54 14.6 40.6 3.12 0.60
19 1.58 11.1 34.9 2.59 0.34
20–24 3.44 11.4 26.4 2.84 0.24
           
Recency of immigration          
Born outside the 50 states and
  District of Columbia
         
Hispanic 1.91 8.0 31.1 1.93 0.31
Non–Hispanic 1.51 6.6 27.2 1.60 0.28
First generation          
Hispanic 1.39 10.2 37.9 2.42 0.40
Non–Hispanic 0.58 4.4 33.5 1.05 0.36
Second generation or more          
Hispanic 1.32 7.4 32.8 1.78 0.35
Non–Hispanic 0.31 24.7 111.2 3.23 0.62
           
Region          
Northeast 0.58 12.1 53.5 2.67 0.52
Midwest 0.48 12.4 61.1 2.73 0.57
South 0.52 19.6 82.2 3.75 0.71
West 0.59 14.5 66.6 3.16 0.63
Not applicable. The corresponding statistic refers to the total population, which is, by definition, 100 percent of the distribution.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), October 2005.

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