High school completion rates vary depending on how the term is defined. The blue line below includes 18- to 24-year-olds with high school diplomas as well as alternatives such as the GED certificate. The yellow line counts only those with diplomas.
NOTE: A version of this chart appeared in a paper presented by Phillip Kaufman at a conference on dropouts last month.
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey for October (various years)
A version of this article appeared in the February 07, 2001 edition of Education Week as Who Counts as a Dropout?