ERIC Number: ED363671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Dropout Rates in the United States: 1992.
McMillen, Marilyn M.; And Others
This fifth annual report on dropout rates in the United States presents data for 1992 on high school dropout and retention rates and high school completion and graduate rates. The report is based on the best and most current available data, drawing on the Current Population Survey of the Census and the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988. Dropout rates have declined over the last 10 to 15 years. The event dropout rate (proportion who drop out in a single year) for persons aged 15 through 24 years in grades 10 through 12 in 1978 was 6.7 percent, but in 1992 it was 4.4 percent. The status dropout rate (proportion who have not completed high school and are not enrolled at a particular time) for persons aged 16 through 24 years has dropped from 14.2 percent in 1978 to 11.0 percent in 1992. Dropout rates decrease markedly as income rises. The overall differential between Whites and Blacks is narrowing, although differences do remain for racial and ethnic groups. Persons in central cities, in southern or western areas, in low income families, and from Hispanic American families were more likely to be status dropouts than were other groups. The high school completion rate has gradually increased over the last 20 years, from about 82 percent in 1972 to 86 percent in 1992. Fifteen figures and 28 tables present information on dropouts and trends. Three appendixes provide 71 tables, 1 figure, and technical information about the study. (SLD)
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Census Figures, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Rate, Educational Trends, Graphs, High School Graduates, High School Students, High Schools, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Racial Differences, Tables (Data), Trend Analysis, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers: Current Population Survey; National Education Longitudinal Study 1988; United States