Expected school completion among students in Delaware

Change Indicator

Why This Indicator Matters

Students were asked, "How much schooling do you think you will complete?

Today's students will enter a world that is increasingly interconnected and complex. The next generation of adults will face new challenges in the global economy including significant advancements in technology and increased global competition. Over the past decade, international peers have outpaced the U.S. in growth of adults with a two-year, four-year, graduate or professional degree. With a job market no longer defined to our nation's borders, it is imperative that Delaware students are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to compete for jobs against their peers from around the world.
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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Data Source: Delaware School Survey. Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware

Footnotes:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the data collection for the Delaware School Survey was temporarily suspended. This suspension has resulted in a gap in Delaware School Survey data for the 2020 survey year. However, due to an early administration approach that started in the 2019-2020 school year for the 8th grade survey, CDHS was able to collect enough surveys in the 2019-2020 school year to report out 8th grade data. Data on 5th and 11th grade students for the 2020 school year will not be available.

Since 1995, the Center for Drug and Health Studies at the University of Delaware has administered an annual survey to public school students about alcohol, tobacco and drug use. The Delaware School Survey is an annual survey of 5th, 8th and 11th grade public school student in Delaware. This study is the continuation of a survey that was first administered to Delaware students in Spring, 1989. Since 2004, the Delaware School Survey has been jointly sponsored by the Delaware Legislature through the Delaware Health Fund and Prevention Block Grant funding. It has become a valuable tool in assessing trends of questions on school behavior, health habits and parental interaction. In recent years, the study has shown an increased interest in safety, parental involvement, educational needs and healthy lifestyles.

Data last updated 02/2021