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Table SA-3b. Average number of Carnegie units earned by high school graduates in various subject areas, by selected characteristics: 1982 and 2004—Continued
  Science
     
Graduation year
and characteristic
Total General
science
Biology Chemistry Physics Foreign
languages
Arts Vocational
education1

1982 graduates 2.2 0.7 1.0 0.4 0.2 1.1 1.4 4.4
Sex                
  Male 2.3 0.8 0.9 0.4 0.2 0.9 1.3 4.3
  Female 2.2 0.7 1.0 0.4 0.1 1.3 1.6 4.4
Race/ethnicity                
  White 2.3 0.7 1.0 0.4 0.2 1.2 1.5 4.2
  Black 2.1 0.8 0.9 0.3 0.1 0.8 1.3 4.6
  Hispanic 1.8 0.8 0.8 0.2 0.1 0.9 1.3 5.0
  Asian/Pacific Islander 2.7 0.5 1.1 0.6 0.4 1.8 1.3 3.2
  American Indian/Alaska Native 2.1 0.7 0.8 0.4 0.1 0.5 1.7 4.7
Control of school                
  Public 2.2 0.7 0.9 0.3 0.2 1.0 1.5 4.6
  Private 2.6 0.7 1.1 0.5 0.3 2.0 1.2 2.3
                 
2004 graduates 3.2 0.8 1.3 0.7 0.4 2.0 2.1 3.5
Sex                
  Male 3.2 0.9 1.2 0.7 0.4 1.8 1.8 3.8
  Female 3.3 0.8 1.3 0.8 0.3 2.2 2.4 3.2
Race/ethnicity                
  White 3.3 0.8 1.3 0.8 0.4 2.1 2.3 3.5
  Black or African American 3.2 1.0 1.3 0.7 0.3 1.7 1.7 3.8
  Hispanic 2.9 0.9 1.1 0.6 0.3 1.9 1.9 3.3
  Asian/Pacific Islander 3.6 0.7 1.4 0.9 0.6 2.4 1.9 2.5
  American Indian/Alaska Native 3.0 0.9 1.2 0.5 0.3 1.3 1.6 4.4
Control of school                
  Public 3.2 0.8 1.3 0.7 0.4 1.9 2.1 3.7
  Private 3.5 0.6 1.4 1.0 0.6 2.7 1.9 1.5

1Includes nonoccupational vocational education, vocational general introduction, agriculture, business, marketing, health, occupational home economics, trade and industry, and technical courses.

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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