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Special Analysis 2008

Part A. Students Who Enroll in Community Colleges Immediately After High School

Table SA-14. Percentage distribution of the spring 2004 12th-grade cohort, by immediate postsecondary enrollment status and selected characteristics: 2004
Characteristic Entire 12th
grade cohort
Immediate
enrollees
in a
postsecondary
institution

     Total 100.0 100.0
Sex    
  Male 49.1 45.9
  Female 50.9 54.1
Race/ethnicity    
  White 62.0 67.6
  Black 13.3 11.1
  Hispanic 15.1 11.2
  Asian/Pacific Islander 4.5 5.4
  American Indian/Alaska Native 0.9 0.7
  More than one race 4.2 4.1
Socioeconomic status    
  Lowest 25 percent 22.0 14.7
  Middle 50 percent 50.5 49.9
  Highest 25 percent 27.2 35.3
Parent’s highest level of education    
  Did not finish high school 5.3 3.3
  High school completer or GED 20.1 15.1
  Some college 34.1 32.1
  Graduated from college 22.9 27.1
  Completed master’s or equivalent 11.7 14.7
  Completed Ph.D., M.D., or other advanced degree 5.9 7.7
Student’s family’s income from all sources in 2001    
  $20,000 or less 13.0 8.7
  $20,001–35,000 17.9 14.8
  $35,001–50,000 19.1 18.2
  $50,001–75,000 21.8 23.2
  $75,001–100,000 14.0 16.9
  More than $100,000 14.1 18.3
Cumulative GPA for grade 12    
  Nonrespondent and missing 6.6 5.6
  1.50 or below 3.5 0.9
  1.51–2.00 9.8 4.5
  2.01–2.50 18.0 13.1
  2.51–3.00 21.8 22.6
  3.01–3.50 22.0 27.6
  3.51–4.00 18.2 25.7
12th-grade standardized mathematics score    
  Lowest 25 percent 23.9 13.6
  Lower middle quarter 24.7 22.1
  Upper middle quarter 25.1 29.1
  Top 25 percent 26.0 35.1
Highest level of mathematics completed in high school    
  Nonrespondent 6.6 5.6
  Low academic, nonacademic, or no mathematics coursework 6.0 1.9
  Algebra I/geometry 18.9 10.6
  Algebra II 22.9 22.2
  Trigonometry/algebra III 16.4 19.3
  Precalculus 16.6 22.2
  Calculus 12.6 18.3
Highest level of science completed in high school    
  Nonrespondent 6.6 5.6
  Low academic or no science 7.2 2.8
  General biology 23.9 16.5
  Chemistry I or physics I 30.4 33.2
  Chemistry I and physics I 15.5 20.3
  Chemistry II or physics II or advanced biology 16.4 21.6
Highest level of foreign language study completed in high school    
  Nonrespondent 6.6 5.6
  No credit 19.5 10.3
  Year 1 14.2 10.7
  Year 2 30.0 33.4
  Year 3 15.7 20.6
  Year 4 8.2 11.5
  Advanced placement (AP) 5.8 7.9
Post-high school educational plans    
  Plan to get postsecondary education 92.4 98.1
    Vocational, technical, or trade school 8.0 3.6
    2-year community college 22.3 17.0
    4-year college or university 62.2 77.5
  Don’t plan to continue 1.3 0.1!
  Don’t know or unspecified plans 5.7 1.7
  Early high school graduation, already attending postsecondary school 0.3 #!
  Missing 0.2 0.1!
Highest educational attainment expected when in 12th-grade (2004)    
  Don’t know 8.0 4.2
  High school diploma or less 4.5 0.6
  Attend or complete 2-year college 15.1 8.9
  Attend or complete 4-year college 36.7 40.2
  Obtain graduate degree 35.5 46.0
Highest educational attainment expected 2 years later (2006)    
  Don’t know 7.5 5.3
  High school diploma or less 5.5
  Attend or complete 2-year college 14.5 8.7
  Attend or complete 4-year college 35.2 36.8
  Obtain graduate degree 37.3 49.2

# Rounds to zero.

! Interpret data with caution (estimates are unstable).

‡ Reporting standards not met (sample size too small or standard error greater than estimate).

NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. 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. For details on coursework classification, see the Technical Notes and Methodology in Planty, M., Provasnik, S., and Daniel, B. (2007). High School Coursetaking: Findings From the Condition of Education 2007 (NCES 2007-065). 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), “Second Follow-up, 2006.”

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