ERIC Number: ED410370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Dropout Rates in the United States: 1995.
McMillen, Marilyn M.; Kaufman, Phillip; Klein, Steve
This report, which is the eighth in a series, presents data for 1995 on high school dropout and retention rates, and examines high school completion and graduation rates. In addition to extending time series data from earlier reports, this report focuses on three specific subpopulations that are at particular risk of dropping out of school: (1) foreign-born persons attending U.S. schools; (2) young adults who have been retained one or more grades while enrolled; and (3) individuals who have some type of learning, physical, or other disability. The report is based on the best and most current data available, which includes the Current Population Survey of the Bureau of the Census and the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988. One half million of the 9.5 million 15-through-24-year-olds enrolled in 1994 left school by October 1995 without completing a high school program. This amounts to 5.7% of these young adults, and is equivalent to the dropout percentage reported over the last 24 years. Hispanic students are more likely than White students to leave school before completion, and the estimated rate for Black students falls between the two. In 1995, young adults living in families with incomes in the lowest 20% of all family incomes were 6 times as likely to drop out as their peers from families in the top 20% of the income distribution. Youths aged 15 through 18 account for two-thirds of all those who dropped out in the preceding year, and nearly 40% of the 1995 dropouts were 15 through 17 years of age. Three appendixes contain standard error and time series notes, technical notes, and 12 supplemental tables. (Contains 5 figures and 32 tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Disabilities, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Rate, Dropouts, Enrollment, High School Graduates, High Schools, Immigrants, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Out of School Youth, Potential Dropouts, Tables (Data), Urban Youth, Withdrawal (Education)
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Books; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: For the 1994 report, see ED 398 351.