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States with the highest status dropout rates, 2013-17

Jan. 14, 2020
Louisiana has the highest percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds not enrolled in school and without a high school diploma.

The status dropout rate in the United States—the percentage of 16- to 24-year-olds who are not enrolled in school and do not have a high school diploma or alternative credential—was 5.4% in 2017, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

A NCES report, "Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 2019," found that Louisiana had the highest average dropout rate from 2013-17: 9.6%. The lowest average status dropout rate over those years was 3.8% in Massachusetts.

Here are the 10 states with the highest average status dropout rate from 2013-17:

State            Status dropout rate, 2013-17

Louisiana        9.6%
Nevada            9.0%
New Mexico    8.6%
Arizona            8.5%
Oklahoma        8.1%
Mississippi      7.5%
Indiana             7.5%
Alabama          7.4%
Georgia            7.3%
Texas               7.1%

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