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Figure CL-2. Percentage of high school graduates who completed selected mathematics and science courses in high school: 1990 and 2009


Percentage of high school graduates who completed selected mathematics and science courses in high school: 1990 and 2009

1 Percentages are for students who earned at least one Carnegie credit.
2 Percentages are for students who earned at least one-half of a Carnegie credit.
3 Percentages are for students who earned at least one Carnegie credit each in biology and chemistry
4 Percentages are for students who earned at least one Carnegie credit each in biology, chemistry, and physics.
NOTE: For a transcript to be included in the analyses, it had to meet three requirements: (1) the graduate received either a standard or honors diploma, (2) the graduate’s transcript contained 16 or more Carnegie credits, and (3) the graduate’s transcript contained more than 0 Carnegie credits in English courses. For more information on race/ethnicity, free or reduced-price lunch, or locale, see Appendix C - Commonly Used Measures. For more information on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) or the High School Transcript Study (HSTS), see Appendix B - Guide to Sources.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 1990 and 2009.