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Government Resources: Education: Dropout Information

Dropouts

downward trending graphDropping out of high school is related to a number of negative outcomes. For example, the average income of persons ages 18 through 65 who had not completed high school was roughly $21,000 in 2006.1 By comparison, the average income of persons ages 18 through 65 who completed their education with a high school credential, including a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, was over $31,400 (U.S. Census Bureau 2007a). Among adults age 25 and older, a lower percentage of dropouts are in the labor force compared with adults who earned a high school credential. Among adults in the labor force, a higher percentage of dropouts are unemployed compared with adults who earned a high school credential (U.S. Department of Labor 2006). Further, dropouts age 25 or older reported being in worse health than adults who are not dropouts, regardless of income. Dropouts also make up disproportionately higher percentages of the nation’s prison and death row inmates.Source: Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States (NCES)

 

 

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