Statistics

Public High School Graduation Rates and High School Completion statistics: National Center for Education Statistics


 

Educational Attainment, Income, and the Cost of Dropping Out

While advocates for increasing graduation rates tend to focus on the moral argument that all children deserve a quality education, they could just as easily look at compelling bottom lines in terms of costs to the individuals and society.

 

Educational Attainment of the Population 25 Years and Older: 2011

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Data from U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 2011. Reformatted and presented by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network from: U.S. Census Bureau. Educational attainment: Five key data releases from the U.S. Census Bureau. Downloaded from http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/educ/educ_attain_slides.pdf  pdf

Note: The percentage with a professional degree is not statistically different from the percentage with a doctoral degree.

 

Educational Attainment of the Native-Born and Foreign-Born Population: 2009

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Data from U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2009. Reformatted and presented by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network from: U.S. Census Bureau. Educational attainment: Five key data releases from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Downloaded from http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/educ/educ_attain_slides.pdf  pdf

 

Median Earnings for Full-Time Workers 25 Years and Over by Educational Attainment: 2009

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Data from U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2009. Reformatted and presented by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network from: U.S. Census Bureau. Educational attainment: Five key data releases from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Downloaded from http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/educ/educ_attain_slides.pdf pdf

 

Mean Monthly Earnings by Educational Attainment Among the Population 18 Years and Over with Earnings: 2009

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Data from U.S. Census Bureau, Survey of Income and Program Participation, 2008 Panel. Reformatted and resented by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network from: U.S. Census Bureau. Educational attainment: Five key data releases from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Downloaded from http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/educ/educ_attain_slides.pdf pdf

 


We are frequently asked for statistics or facts about K-12 dropouts. Below are some links to useful information:

Link to the statistics in a particular state through the State Education Agency’s website. Here is a list of connections to each state.

Who’s At Risk?

At any given time in a student’s life he/she can become “at-risk.” One must look at a variety of situations and life factors to determine at-riskness. Not all students who are identified as being at risk dropout and so it is important to realize that this is a multidimensional concept that has no set rules.

Featured Resources

Chapman, C., Laird, J., Ifill, N., & Kewal Ramani, A. (2011).  Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972–2009.
National Center for Education Statistics (2010).  Digest of Education Statistics, 2009.
U.S. Department of Education (2009).  Dropout Rates in the United States: 2007.
U.S. Department of Education (2008).  Dropout Rates in the United States: 2006.
U.S. Department of Education (2006).  Dropout Rates in the United States: 2004.
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (2005).  Selected Facts & Statistics.