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Table SA-12. Percentage distribution of high school graduates, by highest level of foreign language course completed and selected characteristics: 2004
        Advanced academic level
Characteristic None Year 1
or less
Year 2 Year 3 or
higher
Year 3 Year 4 Advanced
Placement (AP)

    Total 15.5 16.1 33.9 34.5 19.1 10.1 5.4
Sex              
  Male 19.2 17.7 33.6 29.4 17.3 8.0 4.2
  Female 11.9 14.6 34.1 39.4 20.8 12.1 6.5
Race/ethnicity              
  White 14.1 15.6 33.0 37.2 20.6 11.4 5.3
  Black 15.9 22.5 42.0 19.6 13.3 5.5 0.8
  Hispanic 20.4 14.6 32.3 32.8 15.1 7.8 10.0
  Asian/Pacific Islander 10.8 12.3 26.4 50.5 27.2 14.2 9.1
  American Indian 41.6 19.4 23.9 15.1 9.3 5.3 0.5
Control of school              
  Public 16.5 16.8 34.1 32.6 18.1 9.3 5.2
  Private 4.3 9.0 30.6 56.1 30.2 18.2 7.7

NOTE: Foreign 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. Some graduates in each category also studied more than one foreign language. 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 ac-cording 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. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002/04), “High School Transcript Study.”

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