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Document Number: 5728

Educational Attainment of High School Dropouts 8 Years Later - This three-page brief examines the educational attainment of a cohort of 1988 8th-graders who had dropped out at least once between grade eight and spring 1994. The authors found that 92% of 1988 8th-graders, regardless of dropout status, and 63% of the dropouts in that group, earned a high school diploma or alternative as of spring 2000. Forty-three percent of the cohort who dropped out at least once in high school had gone on to postsecondary education. Twenty-seven percent of the dropouts who matriculated to a postsecondary institution reported earning a certificate or license, and 9% reported completing an associate’s degree or higher by spring 2000. (David Hurst, Dana Kelly and Daniel Princlotta, National Center for Education Statistics, November 2004)...

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