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ERIC Number: ED477379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun-12
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Hispanic Youth Dropping Out of U.S. Schools: Measuring the Challenge.
Fry, Richard
This report presents new evidence on the number and characteristics of Hispanic high school dropouts in comparison to other high school dropouts. Examining trends over the 1990s based on the latest available Census data, it documents how the aggregate published Hispanic high school dropout rate overstates the number of Hispanics leaving U.S. secondary schools without graduating. This results from lumping together three subgroups of Hispanic youths: the native-born, foreign-born who attend U.S. schools, and foreign-born who emigrate primarily for employment and do not enroll in U.S. schools. When the first two categories are examined separately, the dropout rate is substantially smaller. However, the Hispanic dropout rate is still twice as high as the dropout rate for comparable non-Hispanic whites. Hispanics who do not finish high school have radically different basic skills and labor market characteristics than white and African American high school dropouts. Those differences are sharpest when considering the foreign-born Hispanics who have little or no contact with U.S. schools. Even within the Hispanic population, there are pronounced differences between foreign-educated and U.S.-educated dropouts. The average white dropout earns $7,300 per year, compared to $6,500 for U.S.-born Hispanic dropouts and $10,000 for immigrant Hispanic dropouts. Includes three appendices on data sources, other measures of Hispanic dropout rate, and statistics for California, Texas, and Florida. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Pew Hispanic Center, Washington, DC.