Question: What are the dropout rates of high school students?
The dropout rate among 16- to 24-year-olds, which counts General Educational Development (GED) recipients as completers, suggests some decreases over the past twenty years. This high school dropout
rate includes all persons in the 16- to 24-year-old age group regardless of when they dropped out (status dropout rate). Between 1980 and 2001, the dropout rate declined from 14.1 percent to 10.7 percent. The high school
dropout rate statistic is based on the civilian non-institutionalized population, which excludes persons in prisons, in the military, and other persons not living in households.
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