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Table 372. Percentage distribution of 1990 high school sophomores, by highest level of education completed through 2000 and selected student characteristics: 2000
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]  
Selected student characteristic Total Less than high school completion High school completion Some post-
secondary
Certificate Associate's
degree
Bachelor's or higher degree  
Total Bachelor's
degree
Master's
degree
Profes-sional and doctor's
degrees
 
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11  
Total 100.0 (†) 8.8     (0.73) 17.8   (0.73) 30.2   (0.90) 7.9   (0.44) 6.6   (0.37) 28.7   (0.89) 25.5   (0.81) 2.8   (0.23) 0.4   (0.06)  
Sex                                                              
Male 100.0 (†) 8.5     (1.02) 19.7   (1.06) 32.6   (1.27) 6.8   (0.60) 6.6   (0.56) 25.8   (1.16) 23.2   (1.08) 2.2   (0.31) 0.4   (0.09)  
Female 100.0 (†) 9.1     (1.00) 15.9   (0.99) 27.9   (1.12) 8.9   (0.67) 6.6   (0.46) 31.5   (1.12) 27.8   (1.03) 3.3   (0.31) 0.4   (0.09)  
                                                               
Race/ethnicity                                                              
White 100.0 (†) 6.8     (0.75) 17.8   (0.75) 27.6   (0.85) 7.2   (0.44) 7.2   (0.46) 33.3   (0.98) 29.4   (0.91) 3.5   (0.30) 0.5   (0.08)  
Black 100.0 (†) 11.1     (2.14) 17.9   (2.29) 38.5   (3.51) 12.0   (1.91) 4.1   (0.66) 16.4   (1.68) 15.4   (1.64) 0.8 ! (0.25)   (†)  
Hispanic 100.0 (†) 16.3     (3.23) 18.5   (2.63) 37.8   (2.93) 8.5   (1.43) 7.3   (1.12) 11.6   (1.16) 10.7   (1.10) 0.8   (0.20)   (†)  
Asian/Pacific Islander 100.0 (†) 6.5 !   (3.14) 6.2   (1.33) 32.2   (4.09) 5.7   (1.62) 3.5 ! (1.37) 46.1   (4.63) 41.0   (4.45) 3.6   (0.91) 1.5   (0.41)  
American Indian/Alaska
    Native
100.0 (†) 21.6     (3.81) 40.1   (8.24) 23.0 ! (7.29)   (†) 3.0 ! (0.97) 5.9 ! (2.35) 5.3 ! (2.25)   (†)   (†)  
                                                               
Socioeconomic status in 19901                                                              
Low quartile 100.0 (†) 19.9     (1.97) 31.7   (1.84) 25.4   (1.71) 10.6   (1.12) 5.4   (0.69) 6.9   (0.60) 6.5   (0.59) 0.3   (0.10) #   (†)  
Middle two quartiles 100.0 (†) 6.1     (0.79) 17.0   (0.90) 34.4   (1.16) 8.2   (0.61) 8.5   (0.60) 25.7   (1.02) 23.6   (1.00) 1.9   (0.26) 0.2   (0.06)  
High quartile 100.0 (†) 0.3 !   (0.10) 5.2   (0.81) 25.5   (1.47) 4.5   (0.79) 4.6   (0.56) 59.8   (1.58) 51.2   (1.48) 7.3   (0.68) 1.4   (0.23)  
                                                               
Test score composite in 19902                                                              
Low quartile 100.0 (†) 19.3     (1.99) 31.8   (2.00) 28.1   (1.93) 11.2   (1.27) 4.9   (0.76) 4.7   (0.50) 4.5   (0.50) 0.2 ! (0.08)   (†)  
Middle two quartiles 100.0 (†) 4.9     (1.00) 17.0   (0.98) 34.4   (1.29) 8.9   (0.62) 9.2   (0.61) 25.5   (1.08) 23.6   (1.05) 1.8   (0.20) 0.1 ! (0.03)  
High quartile 100.0 (†) 0.7     (0.09) 5.3   (0.72) 23.4   (1.23) 2.7   (0.59) 4.7   (0.57) 63.2   (1.44) 53.9   (1.43) 7.7   (0.75) 1.5   (0.24)  
                                                               
Locus of control in 19903                                                              
Low quartile 100.0 (†) 13.6     (1.91) 26.2   (1.85) 29.9   (1.82) 7.6   (0.93) 6.4   (0.84) 16.2   (1.29) 14.9   (1.26) 1.2   (0.24)   (†)  
Middle two quartiles 100.0 (†) 6.8     (0.97) 15.6   (0.98) 30.6   (1.21) 8.0   (0.59) 7.2   (0.51) 31.8   (1.16) 28.5   (1.08) 2.7   (0.33) 0.5   (0.10)  
High quartile 100.0 (†) 2.3     (0.60) 12.4   (1.24) 30.6   (1.73) 7.1   (1.05) 6.7   (0.76) 40.9   (1.74) 35.2   (1.60) 5.0   (0.62) 0.7   (0.17)  
                                                               
Self-concept in 19904                                                              
Low quartile 100.0 (†) 8.7     (1.08) 20.6   (1.26) 31.9   (1.51) 7.1   (0.62) 6.9   (0.72) 24.8   (1.32) 22.2   (1.26) 2.5   (0.44) 0.2 ! (0.08)  
Middle two quartiles 100.0 (†) 7.9     (1.20) 18.3   (1.16) 28.6   (1.12) 7.6   (0.59) 7.7   (0.58) 29.9   (1.19) 26.5   (1.12) 2.9   (0.30) 0.5   (0.10)  
High quartile 100.0 (†) 5.3     (1.20) 13.3   (1.39) 32.4   (2.26) 8.3   (1.16) 5.2   (0.66) 35.5   (1.81) 31.4   (1.66) 3.4   (0.54) 0.7   (0.15)  
                                                               
High school completion
    timing
                                                             
Dropout (never completed) 100.0 (†) 100.0     (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)  
Early (before January
    1992)
100.0 (†)   5 (†) 38.2   (5.06) 29.1   (3.87) 11.9   (2.68) 12.1 ! (4.28) 7.3   (1.78) 6.0   (1.43)   (†)   (†)  
Normal (from January 1992
    through August 1992)
100.0 (†) #     (†) 16.2   (0.80) 32.7   (0.99) 7.9   (0.47) 7.4   (0.41) 35.7   (1.00) 31.7   (0.92) 3.4   (0.28) 0.5   (0.08)  
Late (after August 1992) 100.0 (†)     (†) 42.0   (3.00) 39.2   (3.14) 13.0   (2.35) 4.0   (0.95) 1.9   (0.52) 1.9   (0.52)   (†)   (†)  
                                                               
Control of school attended
    in 1992
                                                             
Public 100.0 (†) 7.9     (0.70) 19.0   (0.78) 31.0   (1.00) 8.0   (0.48) 7.0   (0.40) 27.2   (0.91) 24.2   (0.83) 2.6   (0.24) 0.4   (0.07)  
Private 100.0 (†) 3.3 !   (0.99) 3.2   (0.56) 25.3   (2.37) 4.2   (1.10) 4.1   (0.77) 60.0   (2.69) 52.4   (2.64) 6.5   (0.99) 1.1   (0.28)  
                                                               
Postsecondary expectations
    in 1992
                                                             
None 100.0 (†) 11.7 !   (5.67) 52.6   (5.00) 23.3   (4.45) 7.4   (1.43) 1.7 ! (0.60) 3.3   (0.79) 3.3   (0.79)   (†)   (†)  
Some postsecondary 100.0 (†) 3.9     (1.14) 31.1   (1.82) 34.2   (1.89) 15.2   (1.26) 10.7   (0.98) 4.9   (0.71) 4.5   (0.69)   (†)   (†)  
Bachelor's degree 100.0 (†)     (†) 6.7   (0.71) 36.5   (1.47) 6.5   (0.92) 7.6   (0.62) 42.1   (1.48) 38.9   (1.42) 3.0   (0.44) 0.2 ! (0.08)  
Master's degree 100.0 (†)     (†) 5.9   (0.93) 26.6   (1.64) 3.0   (0.51) 6.1   (1.01) 58.2   (1.87) 50.8   (1.86) 6.7   (0.67) 0.8   (0.23)  
First-professional or
    doctor's degree
100.0 (†) 0.9 !   (0.42) 2.2   (0.44) 28.2   (2.51) 4.7   (0.91) 5.6   (0.96) 58.4   (2.44) 48.4   (2.29) 7.8   (1.19) 2.2   (0.40)  
                                                               
Type of start in
    postsecondary education
                                                             
Fall 1992 full-time
    4-year
100.0 (†)     (†) 0.6   (0.13) 22.7   (1.11) 2.2   (0.30) 3.7   (0.43) 70.7   (1.20) 61.4   (1.22) 8.0   (0.64) 1.3   (0.19)  
Fall 1992 full-time
    public 2-year
100.0 (†)     (†) 2.1   (0.60) 41.7   (2.34) 13.4   (1.61) 19.3   (1.54) 23.4   (1.79) 22.1   (1.75) 1.2   (0.36)   (†)  
Fall 1992 part-time
    4-year
100.0 (†)     (†)   (†) 57.1   (7.33)   (†)   (†) 31.9   (6.33) 29.5   (6.17)   (†)   (†)  
Fall 1992 part-time
    public 2-year
100.0 (†)     (†)   (†) 57.6   (4.97) 15.1   (3.78) 9.7   (2.47) 12.2   (3.16) 12.0   (3.15)   (†)   (†)  
Other enrollment 100.0 (†)     (†) 12.4   (3.60) 35.3   (4.82) 15.3 ! (4.64) 8.2   (1.67) 26.5   (4.43) 24.6   (4.39) 1.6 ! (0.62)   (†)  
Never enrolled 100.0 (†) 18.0     (1.39) 35.4   (1.34) 28.8   (1.37) 8.8   (0.66) 4.5   (0.48) 4.5   (0.47) 4.3   (0.46) 0.1 ! (0.06)   (†)  
                                                               
Parents' educational
    attainment in 1990
                                                             
No high school diploma 100.0 (†) 25.9     (3.46) 26.7   (2.51) 26.8   (2.81) 11.0   (1.77) 3.7   (0.64) 5.9   (0.99) 5.5   (0.97) 0.4 ! (0.17)   (†)  
High school graduate 100.0 (†) 12.7     (1.75) 30.6   (2.12) 26.1   (1.60) 8.3   (0.83) 9.0   (1.10) 13.3   (1.01) 12.1   (1.01) 1.0   (0.20) 0.1 ! (0.06)  
Vocational/some college 100.0 (†) 4.6     (0.53) 17.3   (0.94) 35.1   (1.20) 9.1   (0.81) 8.1   (0.60) 25.7   (1.09) 23.7   (1.08) 1.9   (0.24) 0.2 ! (0.06)  
Bachelor's degree 100.0 (†) 2.9 !   (1.35) 7.4   (1.24) 29.7   (2.15) 5.6   (0.91) 5.1   (0.64) 49.4   (2.10) 43.6   (2.02) 5.0   (0.74) 0.7 ! (0.22)  
Master's degree 100.0 (†)     (†) 2.5   (0.74) 23.3   (2.49) 4.6   (1.18) 3.4   (0.62) 65.4   (2.50) 55.3   (2.46) 8.6   (1.39) 1.5   (0.39)  
First-professional or
    doctor's degree
100.0 (†)     (†) 1.8 ! (0.70) 18.3   (4.50)   (†) 4.1 ! (2.00) 73.3   (4.66) 61.1   (4.47) 9.3   (2.24) 2.9   (0.78)  
†Not applicable.  
#Rounds to zero.  
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.  
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.  
1 Socioeconomic status (SES) was measured by a composite score on parental education and occupations, and family income.  
2 Standardized quartile of composite of student assessments in mathematics and reading.
3 Locus of control measures whether students attribute the events that happened to them, such as performing well on a test, to being under their own control (i.e., internal locus of control) or to being under the control of others or the environment (external locus of control). Higher scores (highest quartile) means greater internal control and lower scores (lowest quartile) means greater external control.
4 Self-concept measures the degree to which students like and feel positively about themselves and perceive themselves as a person of worth. The NELS:88 variable is the general self-concept scale from Herbert Marsh’s Self-Description Questionnaire (SDQ) II (Marsh 1990).
5 These students’ responses to the educational attainment question were not consistent with their transcript data.
NOTE: 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, National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88/2000), "Fourth Follow-up, Student Survey, 2000." (This table was prepared December 2005.)
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