ERIC Number: ED431051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Dropout Rates in the United States, 1997. Statistical Analysis Report.
Kaufman, Phillip; Klein, Steve; Frase, Mary
This report, 10th in a series, presents data for 1997 on high school dropout rates, and examines high school completion and graduation rates. The report is based on the best and most current national data available, using data from the Current Population Survey of the Bureau of the Census. Data show that about 5 out of every 100 young adults enrolled in high school in 1996 left school before October of 1997 without successfully completing a high school program. This estimate (the "event" dropout rate) of 4.6% was similar to those reported over the last 10 years, but lower than that of the early 1970s. Hispanic students were more likely than white and black students to leave school short of completing a high school program. In 1997, 9.5% of Hispanics were event dropouts, compared with 3.6% of Whites and 5.0% of Blacks. Young adults from families with incomes in the lowest 20% of all family incomes were nearly seven times as likely to dropout as were their peers in the top 20% of income distribution. Status dropout rates represent the proportion of young adults aged 16 to 24 years who are out of school and have not earned a high school credential. In October 1997, 11% of the young adults in the United States were in this situation. Hispanic young adults have higher status dropout rates than either Whites or Blacks. In addition, data show that, in 1997, about 86% of all 18-through 24-year-olds not enrolled in school had completed high school or an equivalent credential. Three appendixes contain standard error and time series tables, supplemental tables, and technical notes. (Contains seven tables and three figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Census Figures, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Rate, Educational Attainment, 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
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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.