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Q: Does the high school completion rate vary by race?
A: Compared with Hispanic youth, white youth and black youth were more likely to have completed high school each year between 1975 and 2017.
Note: *Race groups do not include youth of Hispanic ethnicity. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity can be of any race.
  • High school completion rates were consistently lower among young Hispanic adults than among both whites and blacks between 1975 and 2017. During this time, completion rates for Hispanics fluctuated between a low of 56% (in 1991) and a high of 89% (in 2016).
  • Completion rates have been on the rise for white, black and Hispanic youth in the last 10 years. Increases during this period were greater among Hispanic young adults (13-percentage points) and blacks (7-percentage points) than for whites (<1-percentage point).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: Released on June 24, 2019.

Data Source: Date for white, black, Hispanic, and Asian youth adapted from the National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics. Table 219.65 "High school completion rate of 18- to 24-year-olds not enrolled in high school (status completion rate), by sex and race/ethnicity: 1972 through 2017" located at
Data for American Indian youth and Pacific Islander youth adapted from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics' America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being. Table ED4 located at