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Figure 1: Percentage of content of graduates’ algebra I courses, by curriculum topic group: 2005
  Curriculum topic group
Elementary and middle school mathematics Introductory algebra Advanced algebra Two-dimensional geometry Advanced geometry Other high school mathematics
Algebra I courses 13 37 28 3 8 12
NOTE: Details may not sum to total because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), Mathematics Curriculum Study, 2005.
Figure 2: Percentage of content in graduates' algebra I courses, by course level and curriculum topic group: 2005
Course Level Curriculum topic group
Elementary and middle school mathematics Introductory algebra Advanced algebra Two-dimensional geometry Advanced geometry Other high school mathematics
   Beginner 17*  46* 21*  4*  6*   6*
   Intermediate 13*  40* 26*  2*  8* 10*
   Rigorous 10  27 35  4 7 16 
* Significantly different (p < .05) from rigorous.
NOTE: Details may not sum to total because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), Mathematics Curriculum Study, 2005.
Figure 3: Percentage of content of graduates’ geometry courses, by curriculum topic group: 2005
  Curriculum topic group
Elementary and middle school mathematics Introductory algebra Advanced algebra Two-dimensional geometry Advanced geometry Other high school mathematics
Geometry courses 13 9 2 42 24 10
NOTE: Details may not sum to total because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), Mathematics Curriculum Study, 2005.
Figure 4: Percentage of content in graduates' geometry courses, by course level and curriculum topic group: 2005
Course Level Curriculum topic group
Elementary and middle school mathematics Introductory algebra Advanced algebra Two-dimensional geometry Advanced geometry Other high school mathematics
   Beginner 14* 10  3* 42* 21* 11*
   Intermediate 13*   9  2* 41* 24* 11*
   Rigorous 11    8 1 44  28  8
* Significantly different (p < .05) from rigorous.
NOTE: Details may not sum to total because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), Mathematics Curriculum Study, 2005.
Figure 5: Percentage of graduates in algebra I course levels, by school course title and course level: 2005
School algebra I course title Algebra I course level
Beginner Intermediate Rigorous
   Two-year 22* 58  20 
   Regular 12  54* 34*
   Honors  9 73  18 
* Significantly different (p < .05) from honors.
NOTE: Details may not sum to total because of rounding and the use of integrated mathematics textbooks in nonintegrated mathematics courses. "Two-year" algebra I is a course that is completed in two years.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), Mathematics Curriculum Study, 2005.
Figure 6: Percentage of graduates in geometry course levels, by school course title and course level: 2005
School geometry course title Geometry course level
Beginner Intermediate Rigorous
   Informal 30* 54  14*
   Regular 11* 68  19*
   Honors  4 62  33 
* Significantly different (p < .05) from honors.
NOTE: Details may not sum to total because of rounding and the use of integrated mathematics textbooks in nonintegrated mathematics courses. "Informal" geometry is a course that does not emphasize proofs.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), Mathematics Curriculum Study, 2005.
Figure 7: Average NAEP mathematics score of graduates in algebra I, by course level: 2005
Scale score Algebra I course level
Beginner Intermediate Rigorous
Algebra 137* 143 146
* Significantly different (p < .05) from rigorous.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), Mathematics Curriculum Study, 2005.
Figure 8: Average NAEP mathematics score of graduates in geometry, by course level: 2005
Scale score Geometry course level
Beginner Intermediate Rigorous
Geometry 148* 152* 159
* Significantly different (p < .05) from rigorous.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), Mathematics Curriculum Study, 2005.

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