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2000 High School Transcript Study Tabulations Report Tables

Table 11.Percentage of high school graduates who earned at least the minimum core course curriculum credits, by credit distribution and community type: Selected years, 1982–2000

Minimum core curriculum credits12000 1998 1994 1990 1987 1982 2
Percent s.e. Percent s.e. Percent s.e. Percent s.e. Percent s.e. Percent s.e.
4 Eng. + 3 S.S. + 3 Math + 3 Sci. + 1/2 Comp. + 2 F.L.
Urban 18.3 2.08 17.4 3.34 1.9 0.40
Suburban 18.0 2.15 11.8 1.29 2.1 0.35
Rural 16.1 2.25 16.9 3.74 1.4 0.29
Big city 13.2 1.96 16.6 2.69 10.3 1.22
Urban fringe 16.3 2.16 15.5 1.89 13.1 1.47
Medium city 11.2 1.54 13.1 2.31 9.2 1.01
Small place 11.0 1.19 11.4 1.26 9.2 1.16
4 Eng. + 3 S.S. + 3 Math + 3 Sci. + 1/2 Comp.
Urban 22.6 2.23 20.9 3.38 2.4 0.43
Suburban 20.3 2.25 13.9 1.47 3.1 0.41
Rural 24.8 2.97 22.4 4.03 2.1 0.36
Big city 16.3 2.79 19.1 2.93 12.1 1.16
Urban fringe 19.0 2.43 17.7 2.12 15.2 1.62
Medium city 13.1 1.82 15.4 2.59 12.2 1.31
Small place 15.3 1.62 16.8 1.41 15.0 1.38
4 Eng. + 3 S.S. + 3 Math + 3 Sci. + 2 F.L.
Urban 48.6 3.51 50.2 3.57 10.0 1.06
Suburban 52.1 1.99 44.2 1.89 10.1 0.84
Rural 38.3 2.72 39.7 4.30 7.3 0.79
Big city 43.5 2.90 32.6 3.96 21.1 2.37
Urban fringe 43.3 2.53 35.4 2.09 24.4 1.91
Medium city 38.7 2.99 35.6 2.64 20.1 1.90
Small place 35.2 1.54 25.5 2.05 17.5 1.75
4 Eng. + 3 S.S. + 3 Math + 3 Sci.
Urban 59.1 4.19 61.1 4.04 14.3 1.10
Suburban 60.2 2.20 54.6 2.46 14.9 1.10
Rural 54.8 2.38 52.5 5.08 12.4 1.03
Big city 52.7 3.81 39.4 4.86 26.2 2.60
Urban fringe 49.0 2.79 41.5 2.36 30.0 2.15
Medium city 47.8 3.79 42.5 3.84 25.7 2.28
Small place 50.1 2.21 36.4 2.30 28.0 1.95
4 Eng. + 3 S.S. + 2 Math + 2 Sci.
Urban 76.2 3.91 81.5 2.77 34.9 2.43
Suburban 80.4 2.20 73.2 2.59 30.8 1.76
Rural 76.0 2.47 72.9 4.99 30.7 1.76
Big city 76.6 3.11 70.2 5.75 56.7 3.41
Urban fringe 73.7 2.99 67.8 3.29 55.5 2.45
Medium city 70.6 4.21 71.0 3.18 45.9 2.65
Small place 76.4 2.37 64.1 3.26 53.6 3.60

† Not applicable. The community type definitions used in 1987, 1990, and 1994 differed from the definitions used in 1998 and 2000.

1 The 2000 High School Transcript Study (HSTS) used the same community type definition as HSTS 1998. HSTS 1994, HSTS 1990, and HSTS 1987 used a different community type definition. No meaningful comparisons can be made across the two differing community type definitions.

2 Although having similar names, the definitions for the 1982 high school graduates' community type subgroups are not compatible with the definitions for the 1998 and 2000 high school graduates' community type subgroups.

NOTE: Subject field abbreviations used in this table include Eng. = English, S.S. = Social Studies, Math = Mathematics, Sci. = Science, Comp. = Computer Science, and F.L. = Foreign Languages. Estimates in this table may differ somewhat from other NCES reports for reasons such as differences in inclusion/exclusion criteria for student records or changes in the taxonomy used to summarize the courses.

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 2 December 2005 (HM)

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