Report: Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972-2009
This report builds upon a series of National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reports on high school dropout and completion rates that began in 1988. It presents estimates of rates in 2009, provides data about trends in dropout and completion rates over the last nearly four decades (1972-2009), and examines the characteristics of high school dropouts and high school completers in 2009. Four rates are presented to provide a broad picture of high school dropouts and completers in the United States, with the event dropout rate, the status dropout rate, the status completion rate, and the averaged freshman graduation rate each contributing unique information. Information about individuals who pass the GED exam is provided to place the different rates into context relative to this widely used alternative high school credential.