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Educational Outcomes


Dropouts

The dropout rate among 16- to 24-year-olds decreased from 11 to 8 percent between 1999 and 2009. Rates for Hispanics, Blacks, and Whites declined over this period. The dropout rate for Hispanics in 2009 (18 percent) was higher than the rates for Whites (5 percent) and Blacks (9 percent).


Table 27. Percentage of high school dropouts (status dropouts) among persons 16 to 24 years old, by race/ethnicity: Selected years, 1975 through 2009
 
Year All races1 White Black Hispanic
1975 13.9 11.4 22.9 29.2
1980 14.1 11.4 19.1 35.2
1985 12.6 10.4 15.2 27.6
1990 12.1 9.0 13.2 32.4
19952 12.0 8.6 12.1 30.0
19992 11.2 7.3 12.6 28.6
20002 10.9 6.9 13.1 27.8
20032 9.9 6.3 10.9 23.5
20042 10.3 6.8 11.8 23.8
20052 9.4 6.0 10.4 22.4
20062 9.3 5.8 10.7 22.1
20072 8.7 5.3 8.4 21.4
20082 8.0 4.8 9.9 18.3
20092 8.1 5.2 9.3 17.6
1 Includes all other racial/ethnic groups not separately shown.
2 Wording of questionnaire on educational attainment was changed in 1992.
NOTE: Status dropouts are persons not enrolled in school who neither completed high school nor received GED credentials. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.