Education

Dropping Out

November 08, 2000 1 min read

Hispanic students ages 16 to 24 are about four times as likely to be out of school without a diploma than their non-Hispanic white peers, and more than twice as likely as black students.

Percent of HIgh School Dropouts Among
16- 24 Year Olds

Year White Black Hispanic
19701 13.2 27.9 --
1980 11.4 19.1 35.2
1985 10.4 15.2 27.6
1990 9.0 13.2 32.4
19922 7.7 13.7 29.4
19932 7.9 13.6 27.5
19942 7.7 12.6 30.0
19952 8.6 12.1 30.0
19962 7.3 13.0 29.4
19972 7.6 13.4 25.3
19982 7.7 13.8 29.5

Notes: 1White and black categories include persons of Hispanic origin for this year only.
2Because of changes in data-collection procedures, data may not be comparable with figures for earlier years.

SOURCE: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, Digest of Education Statistics, 1999.

A version of this article appeared in the November 08, 2000 edition of Education Week as Dropping Out