Indicators of Welfare Dependence: Annual Report to Congress, 2000. Employment and Work-related Risk Factor 9. High-school Dropout Rates

03/01/2000

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, by Race: 1975-97

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, by Race: 1975-97

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.


  • After declining steadily during the 1980s, dropout rates for teens in grades 10 to 12 began rising, from a total dropout rate of 4.0 percent in 1991 to a peak of 5.7 percent in 1995. The overall rate has declined since then, dropping to 4.6 percent in 1997.
  • Among races, dropout rates are highest for Hispanic teens over time. In 1997, the dropout rate was 9.5 percent for Hispanic teens, compared to 5.0 percent for black teens and 3.6 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, by Race: Selected Years

  1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
Total 5.8 6.1 5.2 4.0 4.0 4.4 4.5 5.3 5.7 5.0 4.6
White 5.0 5.2 4.3 3.3 3.3 3.7 3.9 4.2 4.5 4.1 3.6
Black 8.7 8.2 7.8 5.0 6.0 5.0 5.8 6.6 6.4 6.7 5.0
Hispanic 10.9 11.7 9.8 7.9 7.3 8.2 6.7 10.0 12.3 9.0 9.5

Note: Persons of Hispanic ethnicity may be of any race.

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.

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