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Table SA-3a. Average number of Carnegie units earned by high school graduates in various subject areas, by selected characteristics: 1982 and 2004
        Mathematics
Graduation year
and characteristic
Total English History/
social
studies
Total Less than
algebra
Algebra
or higher

1982 graduates 21.7 4.0 3.2 2.7 0.9 1.9
Sex            
  Male 21.5 3.9 3.2 2.8 0.9 1.9
  Female 21.9 4.0 3.2 2.6 0.8 1.8
Race/ethnicity            
  White 21.8 3.9 3.2 2.8 0.7 2.0
  Black 21.2 4.1 3.1 2.6 1.3 1.3
  Hispanic 21.4 4.0 3.1 2.4 1.2 1.2
  Asian/Pacific Islander 22.4 4.0 3.1 3.2 0.7 2.6
  American Indian/Alaska Native 21.5 4.0 3.3 2.4 1.2 1.1
Control of school            
  Public 21.6 3.9 3.2 2.6 0.9 1.7
  Private 22.8 4.2 3.6 3.3 0.5 2.8
             
2004 graduates 25.8 4.3 3.9 3.6 0.5 3.1
Sex            
  Male 25.8 4.3 3.9 3.6 0.5 3.0
  Female 25.9 4.4 4.0 3.6 0.5 3.1
Race/ethnicity            
  White 26.0 4.2 4.0 3.6 0.4 3.2
  Black or African American 25.7 4.4 3.9 3.7 0.7 3.0
  Hispanic 25.2 4.5 3.8 3.4 0.7 2.8
  Asian/Pacific Islander 25.8 4.4 3.9 3.8 0.3 3.5
  American Indian/Alaska Native 25.5 4.4 4.0 3.3 0.9 2.3
Control of school            
  Public 25.8 4.3 3.9 3.6 0.5 3.0
  Private 26.5 4.4 4.0 3.8 0.2 3.7

NOTE: The Carnegie unit is a standard of measurement that represents 1.0 credit for the completion of a 1-year course. Data differ slightly from figures appearing in other NCES reports because of differences in taxonomies and case exclusion criteria. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, High School and Beyond Longitudinal Study of 1980 Sophomores, “First Follow-up” (HS&B-So:80/82); National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88/92), “Second Follow-up, High School Transcript Survey, 1992”; Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002/04), “High School Transcript Study”; and National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 1987, 1990, 1994, 1998, and 2000 High School Transcript Studies (HSTS)

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