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Table SA-4a. Percentage of high school graduates, by selected mathematics and science courses in high school: Selected years, 1982–2004
Year Any
mathematics
Algebra I1 Geometry  Algebra II2 Trigonometry Analysis/
precalculus
Statistics/
probability

Minimum credit earned 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
1982 98.5 55.2 47.1 39.9 8.1 6.2 1.0
1987 99.0 58.8 58.6 49.0 11.5 12.8 1.1
1990 99.9 63.7 63.2 52.8 9.6 13.3 1.0
1994 99.8 65.8 70.0 61.1 11.7 17.3 2.0
1998 99.8 62.8 75.1 61.7 8.9 23.1 3.7
2000 99.8 61.7 78.3 67.8 7.5 26.7 5.7
2004 99.8 59.3 75.7 67.5 9.6 28.4 7.5

1Excludes prealgebra.

2Includes algebra/trigonometry and algebra/geometry.

NOTE: These data only report the percentage of students who earned a minimum amount of credit in each course while in high school and do not include a count of those courses taken prior to entering high school. In 2004, approximately 95 percent of graduates had taken algebra I before or during high school.

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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