Statistics and Facts

Educational Attainment, Income, and the Cost of Dropping Out

While advocates for increasing graduation rates tend to focus on the moral argument that all children deserve a quality education, they could just as easily look at compelling bottom lines in terms of costs to the individuals and society.



Educational Attainment of the Population 25 Years and Older: 2011

Data from U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 2011. Reformatted and presented by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network from: U.S. Census Bureau. Educational attainment: Five key data releases from the U.S. Census Bureau. Downloaded from http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/educ/educ_attain_slides.pdf Note: The percentage with a professional degree is not statistically different from the percentage with a doctoral degree.



Educational Attainment of the Native-Born and Foreign-Born Population: 2009

Data from U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2009. Reformatted and presented by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network from: U.S. Census Bureau. Educational attainment: Five key data releases from the U.S. Census Bureau. Downloaded from http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/educ/educ_attain_slides.pdf



Median Earnings for Full-Time Workers 25 Years and Over by Educational Attainment: 2009

Data from U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2009. Reformatted and presented by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network from: U.S. Census Bureau. Educational attainment: Five key data releases from the U.S. Census Bureau. Downloaded from http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/educ/educ_attain_slides.pdf



Mean Monthly Earnings by Educational Attainment Among the Population 18 Years and Over with Earnings: 2009

Data from U.S. Census Bureau, Survey of Income and Program Participation, 2008 Panel. Reformatted and resented by the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network from: U.S. Census Bureau. Educational attainment: Five key data releases from the U.S. Census Bureau. Downloaded from http://www.census.gov/newsroom/cspan/educ/educ_attain_slides.pdf



We are frequently asked for statistics or facts about K-12 dropouts. Below are some links to useful information:

Link to the statistics in a particular state through the State Education Agency's Web site. Here is a list of connections to each state.

Who's At Risk?

At any given time in a student's life he/she can become "at-risk." One must look at a variety of situations and life factors to determine at-riskness. Not all students who are identified as being at risk dropout and so it is important to realize that this is a multidimensional concept that has no set rules.

Featured Resources

Chapman, C., Laird, J., Ifill, N., & KewalRamani, A. (2011).  Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972–2009.
National Center for Education Statistics (2010).  Digest of Education Statistics, 2009.
U.S. Department of Education (2009).  Dropout Rates in the United States: 2007.
U.S. Department of Education (2008).  Dropout Rates in the United States: 2006.
U.S. Department of Education (2006).  Dropout Rates in the United States: 2004.
National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (2005).  Selected Facts & Statistics.