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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Education
Q: What is the high school completion rate and how has it changed since 1975?
A: In 2009, 90% of young adults had completed high school, a slight increase since 1975 when it was 84%.

Percent of youth ages 18–24 completing high school, 1975-2009

Year Total White Black Hispanic
1975
83.8%
87.2%
70.2%
62.2%
1976
83.5
86.4
73.5
60.3
1977
83.6
86.7
73.9
58.6
1978
83.6
86.9
73.4
58.8
1979
83.1
86.6
72.6
58.5
1980
83.9
87.5
75.2
57.1
1981
83.8
87.1
76.7
59.1
1982
83.8
87.0
76.4
60.9
1983
83.9
87.4
76.8
59.4
1984
84.7
87.5
80.3
63.7
1985
85.4
88.2
81.0
66.6
1986
85.5
88.8
81.8
63.5
1987
84.7
87.7
81.9
65.1
1988
84.5
88.7
80.9
58.2
1989
84.7
89.0
81.9
59.4
1990
85.6
89.6
83.2
59.1
1991
84.9
89.4
82.5
56.5
1992
86.4
90.7
82.0
62.1
1993
86.2
90.1
81.9
64.4
1994
85.8
90.7
83.3
61.8
1995
85.3
89.8
84.5
62.8
1996
86.2
91.5
83.0
61.9
1997
85.9
90.5
82.0
66.7
1998
84.8
90.2
81.4
62.8
1999
85.9
91.2
83.5
63.4
2000
86.5
91.8
83.7
64.1
2001
86.5
91.0
85.6
65.7
2002
86.6
91.8
84.7
67.3
2003
87.1
91.9
85.0
69.2
2004
86.8
91.7
83.4
69.8
2005
87.6
92.3
85.9
70.2
2006
87.8
92.6
84.8
70.8
2007
89.0
93.5
88.8
72.7
2008
89.9
94.2
86.9
75.5
2009
0.0
0.0
0.0
0.0
Note: White and black race groups do not include youth of Hispanic ethnicity. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity can be of any race. Because of relatively small sample sizes, American Indians and Asian/Pacific Islanders are included in the total but are not shown separately.

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  • High school completion rates were consistently lower among young Hispanic adults than among both whites and blacks between 1975 and 2009. During this time, completion rates for Hispanics fluctuated between a low of 57% (in 1991) and a high of 77% (in 2009).
  • Completion rates were higher in 2009 than in 1975 for white, black, and Hispanic persons ages 18–24. Increases during this period were greater among blacks (17-percentage points) and Hispanics (15-percentage points) than for whites (7-percentage points).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01501.asp?qaDate=2009. Released on March 05, 2012.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972-2009. [Report no. 2012-006]. [PDF]. Washington, D.C.: 2011.

 

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