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Special Analysis 2007

High School Coursetaking

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

1982 0.14 0.68 0.46 0.87 0.78 0.65   0.86 0.65 0.38 0.47
1987 0.13 0.71 0.69 1.23 0.88 0.94   1.26 1.16 0.52 0.63
1990 0.10 0.65 0.68 0.93 0.71 0.82   1.07 0.90 0.71 0.54
1992 0.10 0.38 0.49 1.00 0.78 0.95   1.06 0.77 0.59 0.76
1994 0.12 0.47 0.50 1.18 0.79 0.84   1.16 1.02 0.69 0.61
1998 0.13 0.35 0.40 1.29 1.00 1.12   1.37 1.16 1.09 0.89
2000 0.11 0.30 0.43 1.17 0.83 1.01   1.31 0.96 0.99 0.74
2004 0.10 0.19 0.26 0.91 0.67 0.72   0.94 0.75 0.61 0.53

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).