Dropping out, recovering . . . BY THE NUMBERS

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15.5 Percentage of Chicago Public Schools high school students who dropped out in 1996-97.

Source: Office of Accountability, Chicago Public Schools

4.8 Percentage of Illinois public high school students, excluding Chicago, who dropped out in 1996-97.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

19 Percentage of adults in Chicago over 25 who lacked a high school diploma or GED in 1995.

Source: Women Employed (City of Chicago Dept. of Planning and Development)

2.2 Percentage of adults in Chicago without a diploma or GED who took the GED exam in 1996.

Source: Women Employed (Educational Testing Service)

53 Percentage of welfare recipients in Cook County who lacked a high school diploma or GED in 1997.

Source: Women Employed

59 Percentage of people admitted to state prisons nationwide who lacked a high school diploma or GED in 1996.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

34 Percentage of students from Chicago City Colleges prep programs who passed the GED in 1996.

Source: Women Employed (Educational Testing Service)

46 Percentage of 8,795 adults in Chicago who took the GED in 1996 and passed.

Source: Women Employed (Educational Testing Service)

64 Percentage of 32,236 adults in Illinois who took the GED in 1996 and passed.

Source: Women Employed (Educational Testing Service)

42 Rank of Illinois among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for GED pass rate in 1996.

Source: Women Employed (American Council on Education)