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2000 High School Transcript Study Tabulations Report Tables

Table 36-E.Percentage of high school graduates who earned minimum course credits in science, by selected school and student demographic characteristics: Selected years, 1982–2000 (1.0 credit in Chemistry)

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.
1.0 credit in Chemistry 61.8 1.48 60.5 1.28 55.8 1.04 49.0 1.23 44.2 1.29 31.1 0.76
Student gender
Male 57.7 1.42 57.2 1.50 52.9 1.06 47.8 1.40 44.3 1.51 32.2 1.16
Female 65.5 1.75 63.6 1.49 58.6 1.20 50.0 1.29 44.1 1.33 30.1 0.72
Student race/ethnicity1
White 62.8 1.67 63.0 1.32 58.3 1.05 51.5 1.35 46.9 1.45 34.4 0.94
Black 58.3 2.71 52.9 2.09 43.7 2.58 40.0 2.19 30.8 2.35 22.3 1.49
Hispanic 51.8 4.17 44.3 3.57 45.9 3.45 38.0 2.88 27.4 1.49 15.6 1.01
Asian/Pacific Islander 74.9 2.92 74.0 2.30 69.2 4.87 63.6 4.01 69.1 3.67 53.0 4.42
American Indian 43.4 4.03 46.7 4.22 41.3 5.46 34.9 4.55 27.9 2.93 31.2 10.06
Student program
Academic 70.0 1.47 70.1 1.18 68.1 1.06 65.2 1.30 66.3 1.75 57.8 1.29
Vocational 9.2 1.73 5.2 1.00 5.4 0.98 5.3 0.91 5.2 0.70 5.5 0.73
Both 52.3 2.67 51.6 2.21 40.2 1.53 33.5 1.72 33.5 1.92 33.7 1.73
Neither 18.2 3.84 10.4 1.56 14.1 1.98 12.7 2.40 11.7 1.35 8.7 0.80
Community type2
Urban 64.4 2.96 67.8 2.04 28.1 1.71
Suburban 64.6 2.25 58.5 2.00 33.6 1.20
Rural 53.6 2.60 55.7 1.83 29.1 1.25
Big city 60.7 2.73 51.5 3.00 40.5 3.04
Urban fringe 60.0 2.00 52.8 2.32 50.3 1.49
Medium city 55.9 2.33 48.7 3.17 45.1 3.58
Small place 51.1 1.38 46.2 1.74 41.1 2.59
School type
Public 59.5 1.42 58.8 1.26 54.1 1.04 47.2 1.33 41.4 1.16 28.9 0.84
Nonpublic 86.6 3.88 77.8 5.73 74.8 3.73 66.7 2.73 70.6 6.05 49.6 2.40
Region of the country3
Northeast 69.3 2.58 67.7 2.96 64.8 1.93 58.7 1.63 58.3 3.21 44.9 1.67
South 67.2 2.92 67.0 1.52 52.8 1.80 48.3 2.11 40.2 2.73 26.5 1.20
Midwest 58.0 2.71 56.8 2.83 56.3 1.72 44.9 2.68 40.5 1.85 30.6 1.16
West 50.5 1.98 49.1 3.35 53.6 2.84 45.1 2.76 38.9 1.50 21.9 1.54

† 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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