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-Nationally, only about two-thirds of all students who enter 9th grade graduate with regular high school diplomas four years later. For minoritymales, these figures are far lower. In 2001, on average, 72% of female students, but only 64%of male students graduated. African American students had a graduation rate of 50%, the lowestof racial and ethnic groups identified; the other student groups graduated at the following rates:American Indian, 51%; Latino, 53%; White, 75%; and Asian and Pacific Islander, 77%. But there were enormous disparities among state
-An estimated 3.8 million youth ages 18-24 are neitheremployed nor in school—15% of all young adults. From 2000 to 2004, the ranks of these disconnected young adults grew by 700,000.5
-Three-quarters of state prison inmates are dropouts,as are 59% of federal inmates.12 In fact, dropouts are 3.5 times more likely than high school graduates to be incarcerated in their lifetime. graduation levels, and even larger disparities by ethnicity and gender within the same states.
-The earnings gap widens with years of schooling and formal training. In 2003, annual earnings of male dropouts fell to $21,447. High school graduates earned an average of $32,266; those with associate’s degrees earned $43,462; bachelor’s degree holders earned $63,084—about triple that
-The US would save $41.8 billion in health care costs if the 600,000 young people who dropped
out in 2004 were to complete one additional year of education
-The US death rate for persons with fewer than 12 years of education is 2.5 times higher than for
those with 13 or more years of education
Dropouts “cost our nation more than $260 billion dollars…That’s in lost wages, lost taxes, and lost
productivity over their lifetimes. In federal dollars,that will buy you ten years of research at the National Institutes of Health.”