Hispanic drop-out rate rates
Only 14 percent of U.S.-born Hispanic students drop out of high school, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Higher estimates include immigrants: Those who come as teen-agers often go directly to the workforce; they never drop in to high school. The Fresno Bee reports:
Eight percent of white teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 are dropouts, as are 12% of African-American teens. By comparison, Census Bureau estimates identify 21% of teen Hispanics as dropouts.
The high school completion rate is worse than the drop-out numbers: In 2000, only 64 percent of out-of-school Hispanics 18 to 24 years old held a high school diploma or a GED credential, according to a new federal report on Hispanic education achievement.
For you data junkies, Conditions of Education 2003 by the National Center for Education Statistics is available for your reading pleasure.