High School Drop Outs


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High school drop outs

Although truancies and suspensions have increased over time for both boys and girls in Illinois, more students, male and female, are staying in school. In addition, effective Jan. 2005, Illinois law increased the upper age limit of students required to attend school from 16 years old to 17 years old. From academic year 2002 to academic year 2007, a 27 percent decrease was seen in female high school drop outs.

More boys dropped out of high school than girls. During the 2007 school year, 10,883 girls dropped out of high school compared to 14,617 boys who dropped out. In academic year 2007, the high school drop out rate was 3,472 per 100,000 girls, compared to 4,468 for boys (Figure 12). The drop-out rate for girls decreased 34 percent from academic year 2002 to academic year 2007.

Figure 12
Rate of high school drop outs in Illinois by gender, academic year 2002 to 2007

Line Chart: 2 Lines (Boys & Girls) Expulsions by Academic Year

Academic Year
01-02 02-03 03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07
Boys ~7,100 ~6,300 ~5,800 ~5,000 ~4,450 4,468
Girls ~5,250 ~5,250 ~4,750 ~3,900 ~3,450 3,472

Source: Illinois State Board of Education


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