ERIC Number: ED438381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Dropout Rates in the United States, 1998. Statistical Analysis Report.
Kaufman, Phillip; Kwon, Jin Y.; Klein, Steve
This report, 11th in a series, reports on high school dropout and completion rates. It presents data on rates in 1998 and includes time series data on high school dropout and completion rates for the period 1972 through 1998. The report also examines the characteristics of high school dropouts and high school completers in 1998. About 5 of every 100 young adults enrolled in high school in 1997 left school before October 1998 without successfully completing a high school program. Hispanic students were more likely than white and black students to leave school before completing a high school program. In 1998, young adults living in families with incomes in the lowest 20% of all family incomes were four times as likely to drop out of high school as their peers from families in the top 20% of the income distribution. Status dropout rates represent the proportion of young adults aged 16 through 24 who are out of school and who have not earned a high school diploma. Status dropouts accounted for 11.8% of the young adults aged 16 through 24 in the United States in 1998. Hispanic young adults continue to have higher status dropout rates than do their white or black counterparts. High school completion rates have increased for white and black young adults since the early 1970s, but this has not been true for Hispanic young adults. The percentage of young adults with an alternative high school credential has increased from 4.9% in 1990 to 10.1% in 1998. Three appendixes contain standard error and time series tables, supplemental tables, and technical notes. (Contains 36 tables and 5 figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Black Students, Census Figures, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Rate, High School Graduates, High School Students, High Schools, Hispanic Americans, Low Income Groups, National Surveys, Racial Differences, School Holding Power, Socioeconomic Status, Tables (Data), Urban Youth, White Students
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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.
Note: For the 1997 report, see ED 431 051. Project Officer was Christopher D. Chapman.