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2000 High School Transcript Study Tabulations Report Tables

Table 5.Mean number of course credits earned by high school graduates, by subject field and subject area: Selected years, 1982–2000

Subject field2000 1998 1994 1990 1987 1982
Mean s.e. Mean s.e. Mean s.e. Mean s.e. Mean s.e. Mean s.e.
Total 26.2 0.20 25.3 0.17 24.3 0.14 23.6 0.12 23.1 0.16 21.8 0.11
Academic courses 19.1 0.15 18.5 0.14 17.8 0.09 16.9 0.10 16.0 0.14 14.5 0.10
Mathematics 3.7 0.03 3.5 0.03 3.4 0.02 3.2 0.03 3.1 0.03 2.6 0.02
Science 3.2 0.04 3.1 0.03 3.1 0.03 2.8 0.03 2.6 0.05 2.2 0.02
English 4.3 0.04 4.1 0.04 4.2 0.03 4.1 0.03 4.1 0.02 3.9 0.02
Social Studies 3.9 0.03 3.8 0.04 3.6 0.04 3.5 0.04 3.4 0.04 3.2 0.04
Fine Arts 2.0 0.05 1.9 0.08 1.6 0.04 1.5 0.04 1.4 0.05 1.4 0.03
Foreign Languages 2.1 0.04 2.0 0.04 1.8 0.03 1.7 0.04 1.5 0.06 1.1 0.03
Computer-Related Studies1 0.8 0.03 0.7 0.03 0.6 0.02 0.5 0.02 0.5 0.02 0.1 0.01
Vocational courses 3.8 0.13 3.6 0.09 3.7 0.08 3.9 0.07 4.2 0.09 4.4 0.04
Consumer & Homemaking Education 0.5 0.02 0.5 0.03 0.5 0.03 0.5 0.02 0.6 0.03 0.7 0.01
General Labor Market Preparation 0.7 0.03 0.6 0.03 0.7 0.02 0.8 0.02 0.9 0.03 1.0 0.02
Specific Labor Market Preparation 2.7 0.11 2.6 0.07 2.5 0.06 2.6 0.06 2.8 0.06 2.7 0.04
Personal/other courses 3.5 0.07 3.3 0.08 3.0 0.09 3.0 0.07 3.0 0.09 2.8 0.05
General Skills 0.5 0.03 0.5 0.03 0.3 0.02 0.3 0.03 0.3 0.02 0.2 0.01
Personal Health & Physical Education 2.2 0.06 2.3 0.07 2.2 0.06 2.3 0.06 2.2 0.08 2.3 0.05
Religion 0.3 0.06 0.2 0.03 0.2 0.05 0.2 0.03 0.2 0.05 0.2 0.02
Military Science 0.1 0.01 0.1 0.01 0.1 0.01 # 0.1 0.01 #
Special Education2 0.4 0.03 0.3 0.02 0.2 0.02 0.2 0.02 0.2 0.01 #
All Courses Other Than Above3 0.2 0.03 # # # # #

† Not applicable.

# Rounds to zero.

1 Credits earned in computer-related studies count towards either the Specific Labor Market Preparation or Mathematics subjects areas. For purposes of this table, computer-related studies were grouped together and listed under academic courses.

2 Some special education courses have also been counted in the academic course subjects due to changes in school subject taxonomy.

3 This subject area covers all courses that can not be classified in any academic, vocational, or personal/other course subject area.

NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), Selected years 1987–2000; High School and Beyond (HS&B), 1982.


Last updated 8 March 2007 (HM)

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