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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Q: Does the high school dropout rate vary by sex and race?
A: Male and female high school youth have similar dropout rates, while dropout rates among racial and ethnic groups have greater variation.
Note: White and black race groups do not include youth of Hispanic ethnicity. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity can be of any race.
"Status" dropouts are 16- to 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in school and who have not completed a high school program, regardless of when they left school. People who have received GED credentials are counted as high school completers. Data are based on sample surveys of the civilian noninstitutionalized population, which excludes persons in prisons, persons in the military, and other persons not living in households.

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  • The status dropout rate in 2018 was higher for males (6.3%) than female youth (5.1%).
  • In 2018, the dropout rate for white youth (4.5%) remained below the rate for black youth (5.8%) and Hispanic youth (9.0%).
  • Overall, the dropout rate in 2018 (5.7%) reached its lowest level since 1975.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01503.asp?qaDate=2018. Released on September 21, 2020.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Digest of Education Statistics. [Table 219.70 located at https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d19/tables/dt19_219.70.asp].


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