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Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008

NCES 2008-084
September 2008

Table 3.4b.  Percentage of all (institutionalized and noninstitutionalized) 16- to 24-year-olds who were high school status dropouts, by sex and race/ethnicity: 2006

Race/ethnicity Population Total Male Female  
Total1 38,245,000 9.7 11.3 7.9  
White 23,282,000 6.4 7.2 5.5  
Black 5,449,000 11.5 14.0 9.0  
Hispanic 6,716,000 21.0 24.8 16.7  
Asian 1,589,000 3.1 3.5 2.7  
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 64,000 7.4 7.7 7.2 !
American Indian/Alaska Native 336,000 15.1 17.3 12.9  
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. The data presented here represent status dropout rates for all 16- to 24-year-olds, including those who lived in institutional and noninstitutional group quarters such as college and university housing, military installations, correctional facilities, hospitals and treatment centers, workers and religious group quarters, and temporary shelters for the homeless. The status dropout rate is the percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who are not in high school and who have not earned a high school credential (either a diploma or equivalency credential such as a GED).The status dropout rate includes all dropouts regardless of when they last attended school, as well as individuals who may have never attended school in the United States, such as immigrants who did not complete a high school diploma in their home country.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2006.