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Special Analysis 2007

High School Coursetaking

Table SA-4b. Percentage of high school graduates, by selected mathematics and science courses in high school: Selected years, 1982–2004—Continued
Year Calculus AP calculus Any science  Biology AP/honors
biology
Chemistry AP/honors
chemistry

Minimum credit earned 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
1982 5.0 1.6 96.4 77.4 10.0 32.1 3.0
1987 6.1 3.4 97.8 86.0 9.4 44.2 3.5
1990 6.5 4.1 99.3 91.0 10.1 48.9 3.5
1994 9.3 7.0 99.5 93.2 11.9 55.8 3.9
1998 11.0 6.7 99.5 92.7 16.2 60.4 4.7
2000 11.6 7.9 99.5 91.2 16.3 62.0 5.8
2004 12.8 9.2 99.5 90.0 17.4 64.2 5.4

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).