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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Education
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.

Percent of youth ages 18-24 completing high school by race, 1975-2017

Year White* Black* Hispanic American
Indian*
Asian* Pacific
Islander*
1975 87.2% 70.2% 62.2%
1976 86.4% 73.5% 60.3%
1977 86.7% 73.9% 58.6%
1978 86.9% 73.4% 58.8%
1979 86.5% 72.6% 58.5%
1980 87.5% 75.2% 57.1%
1981 87.1% 76.7% 59.1%
1982 87.0% 76.4% 60.9%
1983 87.4% 76.8% 59.4%
1984 87.5% 80.3% 63.7%
1985 88.2% 81.0% 66.6%
1986 88.8% 81.8% 63.5%
1987 87.7% 81.9% 65.1%
1988 88.6% 80.9% 58.2%
1989 89.0% 81.9% 59.4% 89.3%
1990 89.6% 83.2% 59.1% 94.2%
1991 89.4% 82.5% 56.5% 95.2%
1992 90.7% 82.0% 62.1% 93.1%
1993 90.1% 81.9% 64.4% 93.9%
1994 90.7% 83.3% 61.8% 92.4%
1995 89.5% 84.1% 62.6% 94.8%
1996 91.5% 83.0% 61.9% 93.5%
1997 90.5% 82.0% 66.7% 90.6%
1998 90.2% 81.4% 62.8% 94.2%
1999 91.2% 83.5% 63.4% 94.0%
2000 91.8% 83.7% 64.1% 82.4% 94.6%
2001 91.1% 85.7% 65.7% 82.9% 96.1%
2002 91.8% 84.7% 67.3% 80.3% 95.7%
2003 91.9% 85.0% 69.2% 78.4% 94.8% 96.2%
2004 91.7% 83.5% 69.9% 76.7% 95.2% 94.7%
2005 92.3% 86.0% 70.3% 80.4% 96.0% 91.3%
2006 92.6% 84.9% 70.9% 81.6% 95.8% 96.1%
2007 93.5% 88.8% 72.7% 77.9% 92.8% 97.7%
2008 94.2% 86.9% 75.5% 82.5% 95.5% 95.9%
2009 93.8% 87.1% 76.8% 82.4% 97.6% 77.2%
2010 93.7% 89.2% 79.4% 84.3% 95.3% 92.9%
2011 93.8% 90.1% 82.2% 79.5% 94.1% 94.1%
2012 94.6% 90.0% 82.8% 79.0% 95.3% 89.6%
2013 94.3% 91.5% 85.0% 91.7% 96.3% 99.3%
2014 94.2% 91.7% 87.1% 78.7% 98.8% 94.3%
2015 94.7% 91.9% 88.4% 81.8% 97.3% 94.2%
2016 94.5% 92.2% 89.1% 75.3% 96.8% 83.6%
2017 94.8% 93.8% 88.3% 98.6%

Note: *Race groups do not include youth of Hispanic ethnicity. Persons of Hispanic ethnicity can be of any race.

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  • 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: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01505.asp?qaDate=2017. 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 https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d18/tables/dt18_219.65.asp.
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 http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/tables.asp.

 

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