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Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006

NCES 2008-053
September 2008


The authors would like to recognize the many people and agencies involved in gathering the data analyzed for this report, including the U.S. Census Bureau and respondents to the Current Population Survey (CPS), staff at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) involved in the Common Core of Data (CCD) program, and the education professionals at the local and state levels who completed the CCD surveys. The authors are also grateful for the support provided by the General Educational Development (GED) Testing Service in supplying the data needed for the GED analyses in the report.

The authors thank Joanna Wu, Alicia Broadway, Bobbi Kridl, and Patti Gildersleeve at MPR Associates, and also Stacey Bielick and Martin Hahn from the Education Statistics Services Institute (ESSI) who helped improve the content of the report. ESSI is funded by NCES and composed of staff from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and a number of partner organizations. Staff from Synergy Enterprises, Inc. assisted with production.