CHART: Low-Income Students Are Five Times More Likely To Drop Out Than Affluent Students

A new report on dropout rates from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that “while there has been an overall decline in dropouts since 1972, there are still 3 million students between the ages of 16 and 24 without a high school diploma, a disproportionate number of whom are minority and poor.” In fact, low-income students are five times more likely to drop out of school than students from affluent families.