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Table SA-6. Percentage distribution of high school graduates, by highest level of mathematics course completed: Selected years, 1982–2004
        Middle academic
  Advanced academic
Year No math-
ematics1
Non-
academic
Low
academic
Total Algebra I/
geometry
Algebra II   Total Trigo-
nometry/
algebra III
Precalculus Calculus

1982 0.8 16.7 7.4 48.8 30.6 18.2   26.3 15.6 4.8 5.9
1987 0.9 12.0 7.6 50.1 27.0 23.1   29.5 12.9 9.0 7.6
1990 0.6 9.0 8.2 51.6 25.4 26.2   30.6 12.9 10.4 7.2
1992 0.4! 6.2 6.3 49.0 22.7 26.4   38.1 16.4 10.9 10.7
1994 0.7 5.7 6.2 49.4 22.5 26.9   38.1 16.3 11.6 10.2
1998 0.8 3.6 5.3 48.9 21.2 27.7   41.4 14.4 15.2 11.8
2000 0.8 2.5 4.1 48.0 18.6 29.4   44.6 14.1 18.0 12.5
2004 0.6 1.8 3.0 44.6 18.7 25.9   50.0 17.6 18.5 13.9

! Interpret data with caution (estimates are unstable).

1Indicates that student transcript records did not list any recognized mathematics courses; however, these graduates may have studied some mathematics.

NOTE: The distribution of graduates among the various levels of mathematics courses was determined by the level of the most academically advanced course they had completed. Graduates may have completed advanced levels of courses without having taken courses at lower levels. Academic levels are labeled according to the most commonly known course at that level; courses with different names or on topics of different but similar academic difficulty may be included under these rubrics. See supplemental note 12 for a complete listing of all the courses classified at each academic level. 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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