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Table SA-10. Percentage distribution of high school graduates, by highest level of foreign language course completed: Selected years, 1982–2004
Table SA-10


      Advanced academic level
Year None Year 2
or less
Year 3 or
higher
Year 3 Year 4 Advanced
Placement (AP)

1982 45.6 39.8 14.6 8.9 4.5 1.2
1987 33.3 47.5 19.2 11.9 5.4 1.9
1990 26.9 51.4 21.7 12.9 5.6 3.2
1992 22.5 51.8 25.7 14.8 7.7 3.2
1994 22.3 51.8 25.9 15.0 7.8 3.1
1998 19.4 50.7 30.0 17.4 8.6 4.1
2000 17.4 52.8 29.8 16.5 7.8 5.4
2004 17.3 49.2 33.5 18.4 9.8 5.3
20041 15.5 50.0 34.5 19.1 10.1 5.4

1Foreign language coursetaking based upon classes in Amharic (Ethiopian), Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin), Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek (Classical or Modern), Hawaiian, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norse (Norwegian), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, or Yiddish.

NOTE: Foreign language coursetaking based upon classes in Spanish, French, Latin, or German, unless noted otherwise. From 1982 to 2000, less than 1 percent of students studied only a foreign language other than Spanish, French, Latin, or German. The distribution of graduates among the various levels of foreign language courses was determined by the level of the most academically advanced course they completed. Graduates who had completed courses in different languages were counted according to the highest level course completed. Graduates may have completed advanced levels of courses without having taken courses at lower levels. See supplemental note 12 for more details on these levels. 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:80/82); National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, “High School Transcript Study” (NELS:88/92); 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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