A new report from the U.S. Department of Education reports on the number of students who were in ninth grade in 2009 but dropped out of high school by the end of their junior year.
The study found that nationwide 2.7 percent of all ninth graders in 2009 dropped out of high school by the end of their junior year. But the dropout rate for Blacks was more than double the rate for Whites. Some 4.3 percent of all Black ninth graders dropped out of high school compared to 2.1 percent of Whites. High dropout rates had a significant correlation with family income levels. Students from families with the lowest incomes were far more likely to leave school.
The report, Early High School Dropouts: What Are the Characteristics?, may be downloaded by clicking here.