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Title: Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2006
Description: This report builds upon a series of National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports on high school dropout and completion rates that began in 1988. It presents estimates of rates for 2006 and provides data about trends in dropout and completion rates over the last three decades (1972-2006), including characteristics of dropouts and completers in these years. Report highlights include: The averaged freshman graduation rate (AFGR), which provides an estimate of the percentage of public high school students who graduate with a regular diploma 4 years after starting 9th grade, was 74.7 percent for the class of 2005. Students living in low-income families were approximately four times more likely to drop out of high school between 2005 and 2006 than were students living in high-income families. In October 2006, approximately 3.5 million civilian noninstitutionalized 16- through 24-year-olds were not enrolled in high school and had not earned a high school diploma or alternative credential.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: September 2008
Web Release: September 3, 2008
Print Release:
Publication #: NCES 2008053
General Ordering Information
Center/Program: NCES
Type of Product: Compendium
Survey/Program Areas: Annual Reports and Information Staff (Annual Reports)
Common Core of Data (CCD)
Current Population Survey, October (CPS)
Questions: For questions about the content of this Compendium, please contact:
Chris Chapman.