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Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 12: Trends in Coursetaking

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Table 12. Average number of Carnegie units earned by public high school graduates, by subject area, sex, and race/ethnicity: 1990, 1994, 1998, and 2000
Sex and race/ethnicity of studentsTotal1EnglishHistory/social studiesMathematicsScienceForeign languagesVocational education
1990 graduates
  Total23.54.23.53.22.81.54.2
Sex
 Male23.44.13.53.22.81.34.3
 Female23.74.33.53.12.71.74.1
Race/ethnicity
 White, non-Hispanic23.54.13.53.12.81.64.2
 Black, non-Hispanic23.44.33.53.22.71.24.4
 Hispanic23.84.53.43.12.51.64.1
 Asian/Pacific Islander24.14.53.73.53.02.13.1
1994 graduates
  Total24.24.33.63.33.01.74.0
Sex
 Male24.04.33.53.33.01.54.1
 Female24.34.33.63.33.11.93.8
Race/ethnicity
 White, non-Hispanic24.34.23.63.43.11.84.0
 Black, non-Hispanic23.64.43.53.22.81.44.3
 Hispanic24.14.63.53.32.71.73.9
 Asian/Pacific Islander24.54.63.73.73.42.13.0
1998 graduates
  Total25.14.33.73.43.11.94.0
Sex
 Male24.94.23.73.43.11.64.3
 Female25.44.33.83.43.22.13.8
Race/ethnicity
 White, non-Hispanic25.24.23.83.43.21.94.0
 Black, non-Hispanic24.84.33.73.43.01.64.3
 Hispanic25.14.53.63.32.81.84.0
 Asian/Pacific Islander25.24.43.93.63.42.33.2
2000 graduates
  Total26.14.43.83.63.22.04.2
Sex
 Male25.94.33.83.53.21.74.6
 Female26.24.53.93.63.32.23.8
Race/ethnicity
 White, non-Hispanic26.24.33.93.63.22.04.3
 Black, non-Hispanic25.84.43.83.53.11.74.3
 Hispanic25.54.73.83.42.91.93.8
 Asian/Pacific Islander26.24.63.84.03.72.52.8
1Total includes other subjects not separately shown. Total also includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: The Carnegie unit is a standard of measurement that represents one credit for the completion of a one-year course.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics, 2002, based on High School and Beyond Longitudinal Study (HS&B); National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88), 'Second Follow-up'; and High School Transcript Study, various years.

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