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Document Number: 5608

Dropout Rates in the United States: 2001 - Data from the U.S. Census Bureau are used to compute national high school dropout and completion rates, disaggregated by background characteristics such as sex, race/ethnicity, family income, age, region of the country and state. Statistics are reported using three types of dropout calculation methods event, status and cohort and an explanation is provided on how each of these three methods can result in varying reported rates. The authors note that in 200001, the four-year completion rates ranged from a high of 90.1% in North Dakota to a low of 65.0% in Louisiana. This report can also be browsed by section. (Phillip Kaufman, Martha Naomi Alt and Christopher D. Chapman, National Center for Education Statistics, November 2004)...

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