Who Counts as a Dropout?

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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)

Vol. 20, Issue 21, Page 26

Published in Print: February 7, 2001, as Who Counts as a Dropout?
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