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2000 High School Transcript Study Tabulations Report Tables

Table 34-L.Percentage of high school graduates who earned minimum course credits in social studies, by selected school and student demographic characteristics: Selected years, 1982–2000 (0.5 credits in Sociology/Psychology)

CharacteristicPercentage of graduates earning indicated minimum credits
2000 1998 1994 1990 1987 1982
Percent s.e. Percent s.e. Percent s.e. Percent s.e. Percent s.e. Percent s.e.
0.5 credits in Sociology/Psychology 36.0 1.45 32.7 1.72 32.2 1.70 32.6 1.69 32.7 1.38 32.4 0.94
Student gender
Male 30.1 1.54 27.5 1.67 26.1 1.56 27.1 1.82 27.1 1.46 26.8 0.98
Female 41.2 1.47 37.9 2.01 38.1 1.94 37.7 1.75 37.9 1.74 37.6 1.17
Student race/ethnicity1
White 39.8 1.76 37.0 1.88 34.6 1.95 35.0 1.81 34.1 1.66 34.6 1.04
Black 24.7 2.33 21.5 1.56 24.6 1.94 24.1 2.45 25.2 2.28 24.2 1.89
Hispanic 26.4 1.94 20.9 2.98 24.7 2.01 23.2 2.53 24.8 3.22 26.1 1.58
Asian/Pacific Islander 32.1 2.74 35.2 7.34 35.1 6.00 32.3 10.63 27.7 3.52 32.4 4.68
American Indian 34.4 6.35 28.5 5.47 39.3 8.53 26.2 4.09 17.0 3.79 25.6 5.09
Student program
Academic 40.1 1.56 36.7 2.07 37.1 1.88 36.8 1.79 40.3 1.51 40.6 1.60
Vocational 13.8 3.24 15.8 2.27 19.2 4.17 18.6 2.35 16.7 2.01 19.9 0.91
Both 28.9 2.23 25.7 1.77 22.4 1.72 24.9 2.22 27.5 2.30 31.2 2.52
Neither 21.0 1.93 19.3 2.56 21.4 3.05 32.5 4.27 26.5 2.03 30.5 0.97
Community type2
Urban 30.1 2.75 30.7 3.46 29.4 1.90
Suburban 37.1 2.02 33.1 2.38 34.6 1.43
Rural 39.7 3.05 34.3 2.97 30.8 1.49
Big city 24.8 4.02 26.3 3.33 26.8 3.10
Urban fringe 38.5 3.33 35.3 3.51 43.2 3.43
Medium city 33.4 4.32 40.2 5.40 34.0 3.34
Small place 31.1 2.01 31.0 2.48 27.3 2.75
School type
Public 36.0 1.42 33.1 1.61 32.5 1.57 32.4 1.74 32.3 1.75 31.7 0.97
Nonpublic 36.0 7.44 28.5 12.19 29.7 6.49 34.5 4.09 36.2 6.03 38.5 3.00
Region of the country3
Northeast 35.8 3.02 30.4 5.54 29.4 5.19 27.0 3.22 31.8 3.68 30.7 2.53
South 31.5 2.46 23.9 1.82 28.6 1.79 27.4 2.16 27.5 2.35 24.9 1.90
Midwest 47.3 3.09 51.2 3.67 43.3 3.80 48.2 3.82 42.4 2.73 41.3 1.81
West 29.6 3.11 26.4 4.19 25.3 3.92 26.2 5.94 27.5 2.10 33.2 1.72

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

1 American Indian includes Alaska Native, Black includes African American, Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian, and Hispanic includes Latino. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin unless specified.

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.

3 "Region of the country" refers to the Census-defined regions. For more information about Census-defined regions, see the U.S. Census Bureau online publication "Census Regions and Divisions of the United States" (http://www.census.gov/geo/www/us_regdiv.pdf [1.1M PDF]).

NOTE: Credit definitions listed in the row header indicate the minimum number of credits earned. For example, "1.0 credit in … course" represents "1.0 credit or more earned in … course."

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 22 May 2007 (MH)

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