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Dropout Rates in the United States, 1996


          Many individuals made substantial contributions to the preparation of this report. This report was prepared under the direction of Paul Planchon, Associate Commissioner for Surveys and Cooperative Systems Group.

          Special recognition is extended to Rosalind Bruno of the Education and Social Stratification Branch, Population Division, Bureau of the Census for her contributions to the preparations of the sections of the report based on the CPS data. Thanks also go to the staff at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago for their work in the collection and preparation of the data from NELS:88. Without the efforts of Lee Hoffman and Jonaki Bose at NCES, the CCD dropout data collection would not continue to expand; we thank them for their hard work.

          At NCES, Nabeel Alsalam and his staff provided assistance in formulating the definition of event dropouts applied to the CPS data. They also provided the family income data used in the reporting of the event and status rates in this report. Summer D. Whitener, in the Surveys and Cooperative Systems Group at NCES, also deserves special recognition for her assistance in coordinating and organizing the release and distribution of this document.

          Without the assistance of Jennifer Berktold, Denise Bradby, Karyn Madden, Don Eike, Steve Klein, Bobbi Kridl, Leslie Retallick, Francesca Tussing, and Wanjiru Wanyeki of MPR Associates, this report could not have been prepared. They provided invaluable analytical, editorial, graphic, and production assistance.

          The report was reviewed within the U.S. Department of Education by Lee Hoffman, Robert Burton, and Mary Frase of NCES, Laura Salganik at ESSI, and Tim Madigan at the Bureau of the Census. While, of course, we are responsible for any remaining flaws, their efforts and contributions are greatly appreciated.

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