ERIC Number: ED452308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Dropout Rates in the United States, 1999. Statistical Analysis Report.
Kaufman, Phillip; Kwon, Jin Y.; Klein, Steve; Chapman, Christopher D.
This report offers data on 1999 high school dropout rates and includes time series data on high school dropout and completion rates for 1972-99. Besides extending time series data from earlier years, it examines characteristics of 1999 high school dropouts and high school completers. It begins by investigating event and status dropout rates: types of dropout rates; event dropout rates (income, race/ethnicity, age and sex, and region and state); and status dropout rates (race/ethnicity, Hispanic dropout rates by immigration status, age and sex, and region). Next, it presents high school completion rates (race/ethnicity, age and sex, and region and state) and method of high school completion. Overall, 5 of every 100 students enrolled in high school in October 1998 had dropped out by October 1999. Hispanic students were more likely than white students to drop out. In 1999, about 85.9 percent of all 18- to 24-year-olds not enrolled in high school had completed high school, a slight increase from the early 1970s. Overall, 11.2 percent of the 16- to 24-year-olds in the United States were dropouts. Despite the increased importance of a high school education, the completion rate has shown limited gains over the last 25 years and has been stable throughout the 1990s. During the last 10 years, the percentage of young adults completing high school through an alternative method has increased significantly. Three appendixes present standard error and time series tables, supplemental tables, and technical notes. (SM)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Dropout Rate, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Graduation, High School Students, High Schools, Hispanic American Students, Minority Groups, Racial Differences, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Tables (Data)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.