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Document Number: 6927

Dropout Rates in the United States: 2002 and 2003 - This report builds upon a series of National Center for Education Statistics reports on high school dropout and completion rates that began in 1988. It presents estimates of rates in 2002 and 2003, provides data about trends in dropout and completion rates over the last three decades and examines the characteristics of high school dropouts and high school completers in 2002 and 2003. Four rates are presented to provide a broad picture of high school dropouts and completers in the U.S., with each contributing unique information: the event dropout rate, the status dropout rate, the status completion rate and the averaged freshman graduation rate an indicator new to this report series. (Jennifer Laird, Stephen Lew, Matthew DeBell and Chris Chapman, National Center for Education Statistics, June 2006)...

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