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2000 High School Transcript Study Tabulations Report Tables

Table 37-A.Percentage of high school graduates who earned minimum course credits in foreign language, by selected school and student demographic characteristics: Selected years, 1982–2000 (1.0 credit in any Foreign Language course)

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 any Foreign Language course 81.7 0.99 79.7 0.95 76.1 0.90 70.4 1.16 64.4 1.15 49.8 0.77
Student gender
Male 74.9 1.36 73.9 1.29 69.5 1.06 64.0 1.31 57.8 1.44 42.4 0.90
Female 87.8 0.80 85.0 0.86 82.4 0.88 76.2 1.14 70.6 1.33 56.5 0.99
Student race/ethnicity1
White 81.2 1.22 79.5 1.13 76.4 1.01 70.4 1.33 64.3 1.30 52.1 0.92
Black 77.0 1.94 71.9 2.10 66.2 2.16 61.5 2.99 55.6 2.78 40.8 2.06
Hispanic 84.6 1.86 83.3 1.19 84.1 1.06 79.6 2.19 66.9 2.57 41.2 1.85
Asian/Pacific Islander 94.0 0.99 89.1 2.71 90.6 2.99 89.4 4.08 88.7 2.07 76.6 2.87
American Indian 71.1 4.34 68.2 4.93 59.8 5.16 56.0 6.00 44.7 6.85 23.7 3.81
Student program
Academic 88.9 0.75 87.7 0.58 86.3 0.82 83.5 0.93 81.2 1.22 73.5 0.90
Vocational 35.1 2.29 34.0 2.96 29.4 1.96 32.2 2.48 31.1 1.76 23.0 1.18
Both 69.5 2.55 66.4 1.88 60.8 1.52 51.9 2.05 51.1 2.00 33.7 2.58
Neither 59.4 2.35 58.0 3.19 55.7 2.88 54.6 2.49 50.2 2.26 40.1 1.84
Community type2
Urban 86.6 1.26 83.6 1.74 54.8 2.14
Suburban 84.9 1.07 82.3 1.04 54.3 1.31
Rural 70.3 3.17 72.5 2.43 39.5 1.75
Big city 83.7 1.92 79.1 2.68 72.9 3.09
Urban fringe 83.7 1.12 76.4 1.71 71.4 1.62
Medium city 77.0 1.66 72.6 2.69 65.8 3.89
Small place 67.9 1.65 63.9 1.95 56.3 2.12
School type
Public 80.2 1.08 78.1 0.97 74.4 0.94 68.6 1.22 61.9 1.36 46.1 0.83
Nonpublic 97.6 0.69 96.4 1.38 95.3 1.55 88.1 1.83 87.5 2.74 79.7 1.82
Region of the country3
Northeast 83.2 2.78 84.6 2.06 85.8 0.85 78.4 1.36 79.1 2.45 66.9 1.84
South 82.9 1.39 80.6 1.55 71.0 1.83 65.6 2.09 57.2 1.71 41.1 1.49
Midwest 77.6 2.31 74.2 2.39 75.0 1.86 65.4 2.62 57.0 2.57 43.4 1.69
West 83.5 1.42 80.6 1.98 80.7 1.63 76.4 2.26 69.4 1.22 53.5 1.96

† 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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