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2000 High School Transcript Study Tabulations Report Tables

Table 36-M.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 Biology, Chemistry, and Physics)

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 Biology, Chemistry, and Physics 25.0 1.10 25.5 1.33 21.5 0.83 18.8 0.70 17.2 0.86 10.7 0.49
Student gender
Male 26.3 1.23 27.4 2.02 23.2 0.87 21.8 0.83 20.7 1.13 13.6 0.83
Female 23.9 1.14 23.8 1.29 19.8 0.93 16.1 0.74 13.8 0.87 8.0 0.40
Student race/ethnicity1
White 25.7 1.20 27.2 1.50 22.9 1.05 20.6 0.81 18.3 0.90 12.4 0.61
Black 18.8 2.21 15.5 1.77 13.3 1.20 12.0 1.22 9.5 1.40 4.9 0.72
Hispanic 17.5 2.21 15.2 1.98 13.4 1.20 10.1 1.21 7.9 0.83 3.9 0.48
Asian/Pacific Islander 46.8 2.71 40.6 2.85 38.1 4.10 33.7 2.63 40.9 4.01 28.5 3.92
American Indian 11.9 3.30 14.9 4.04 8.7 2.82 10.6 3.12 5.9 2.07 4.6 1.84
Student program
Academic 30.3 1.20 31.0 1.67 28.4 1.06 26.9 0.92 28.1 1.31 23.2 1.03
Vocational 0.2 0.15 0.3 0.06 # 0.2 0.09
Both 16.6 1.48 18.1 1.91 9.7 0.78 8.8 0.85 10.3 1.09 7.5 1.02
Neither 0.6 0.23 0.4 0.16 0.8 0.35 1.2 0.64 0.1 0.06 0.5 0.16
Community type2
Urban 25.0 2.44 28.6 3.14 10.3 1.04
Suburban 28.4 1.58 26.8 2.00 11.9 0.84
Rural 18.2 1.31 20.9 1.17 9.1 0.71
Big city 23.2 2.46 20.3 1.90 16.0 2.04
Urban fringe 28.1 2.42 20.8 1.28 19.2 1.34
Medium city 22.0 1.81 19.1 2.26 15.6 1.46
Small place 16.5 0.87 17.3 0.95 16.8 1.71
School type
Public 23.5 1.10 23.6 0.99 20.8 0.80 17.9 0.71 16.3 0.91 9.9 0.49
Nonpublic 41.5 7.38 45.9 9.78 29.9 2.87 28.4 2.05 25.8 2.91 17.7 1.59
Region of the country3
Northeast 32.2 2.52 33.0 3.24 33.2 2.62 25.7 1.17 28.1 1.96 19.3 0.97
South 26.1 1.92 26.9 3.33 18.2 1.12 15.6 1.30 13.5 1.55 6.7 0.67
Midwest 22.8 1.28 23.7 1.57 21.3 1.66 18.8 1.55 14.2 1.74 10.5 0.84
West 19.7 2.00 19.3 1.98 18.6 1.94 16.9 1.47 14.2 1.87 6.8 1.16

— Not available.

† 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.

# Rounds to zero.

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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