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National Data | Chart | Hispanic High School Disaster – The Evidence Mounts
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Highest Level of Education Attained by
Population 25 years and older, 2001

(Percent of Population)

 

 

Hispanic

Black,
non-Hispanic

White
non-Hispanic

Less than High School

43.5%

20.5%

11.3%

High School Graduate+

56.5%

  79.5%

88.7%

BA+

11.2%

16.1%

28.6%

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Digest of Education Statistics 2002," June 2003. Table 9, page 18. 

Dropout Rates By
Recency of Immigration, 2000

(16 to 24 years old)

Immigration Status:

Hispanic

Non-Hispanic Immigrant

Hispanic as Multiple of
Non-Hispanic Immigrant

Born Outside the U.S.

44.2%

7.4%

6.0

First Generation

14.6

4.6

3.2

Second Generation

15.9

8.2

1.9

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center For Education Statistics, "Status And Trends in the Education of Hispanics," April 2003, Supplemental Table 3.3b.

Percent of High School Dropouts* Among Persons
16 to 24 Years Old 

Year

All Races

White, non

Hispanic

Black, non-

Hispanic

Hispanic

1972

14.6%

12.3%

21.3%

34.3%

1980

14.1

11.4

19.1

35.2

1990

12.1

9.0

13.2

32.4

1995

12.0

8.6

12.1

30.0

1996

11.1

7.3

13.0

29.4

1997

11.0

7.6

13.4

25.3

1998

11.8

7.7

13.8

29.5

1999

11.2

7.3

12.6

28.6

2000

10.9

6.9

13.1

27.8

2001

10.7

7.3

10.9

27.0

Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Digest of Education Statistics 2002," June 2003. Table 108, page 132. 

* "Dropout" = individuals out of school with neither HS diploma nor GED

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.