Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 1998. Employment and Work-related Risk Factor 9. High-school Dropout Rates

10/01/1998

Although some teens who drop out of high school eventually graduate or obtain GEDS, dropout rates are reliable risk factors associated with teen problem behavior and future economic problems.

Figure WORK 9. Percentage of Students Enrolled in Grades 10 to 12 in the Previous Year Who Were Not Enrolled and Had Not Graduated in the Survey Year, 1975 to 1996

Figure WORK 9. Percentage of Students Enrolled in Grades 10 to 12 in the Previous Year Who Were Not Enrolled and Had Not Graduated in the Survey Year, 1975 to 1996

Source: Table WORK 9.


  • After declining steadily during the 1980s and the 1990s, dropout rates for teens in grades 10 to 12 began rising, from a total dropout rate of 4 percent in 1990 to a rate of 6 percent in 1995. The overall rate dropped back to 5 percent in 1996.
  • Dropout rates are highest for Hispanic teens. In 1996, the dropout rate was 9 percent for Hispanic teens, compared to 7 percent for black teens and 4 percent for white teens.

Table WORK 9. Percentage of Students Enrolled in Grades 10 to 12 in the Previous Year Who Were Not Enrolled and Had Not Graduated in the Survey Year, 1975 to 1996

  1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Trends in the Well-Being of America’s Children and Youth: 1998. Table EA 1.4.
Total 5.8 6.1 5.2 4.0 4.0 4.4 4.5 5.3 5.7 5.0
White 5.0 5.2 4.3 3.3 3.2 3.7 3.9 4.2 4.5 4.1
Black 8.7 8.2 7.8 5.0 6.0 5.0 5.8 6.6 6.4 6.7
Hispanic 10.9 11.7 9.8 7.9 7.3 8.2 6.7 10.0 12.3 9.0

 

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