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

Indicator 21: Mathematics and Educational Attainment

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Table 21. Percentage distribution of 1988 eighth-graders' educational attainment by 2000, by eighth-grade mathematics achievement and selected student characteristics: 2000
 Highest educational attainment
Student characteristicTotalLess than high school completionCompleted high schoolSome collegeReceived certificate or licenseReceived associate's degreeReceived bachelor's or higher
Low mathematics score1
  Total100.018.324.730.315.04.57.2
Sex
 Male100.015.726.730.916.15.35.5
 Female100.021.022.729.813.93.68.9
Race/ethnicity
 White, non-Hispanic100.020.529.724.312.14.49.1
 Black, non-Hispanic100.010.720.335.425.24.34.1
 Hispanic100.026.620.533.88.45.84.9
Socio-economic status2
 Low100.029.925.426.711.23.92.9
 Middle two quartiles100.09.527.631.719.64.96.7
 High100.010.76.240.27.84.930.3
Middle mathematics score3
  Total100.05.119.332.79.58.624.8
Sex
 Male100.07.222.832.18.18.221.8
 Female100.03.216.033.210.99.027.7
Race/ethnicity
 White, non-Hispanic100.05.119.931.08.59.126.4
 Black, non-Hispanic100.02.717.430.620.25.323.9
 Hispanic100.07.216.744.27.88.715.3
Socio-economic status2
 Low100.012.432.028.812.46.48.0
 Middle two quartiles100.03.719.835.910.29.121.3
 High100.00.64.629.34.69.751.2
High mathematics score4
  Total100.00.85.625.44.25.358.7
Sex
 Male100.00.37.928.43.44.555.5
 Female100.01.53.222.24.96.262.0
Race/ethnicity
 White, non-Hispanic100.00.85.625.04.45.858.4
 Black, non-Hispanic100.025.41.71.159.7
 Hispanic100.06.237.54.84.546.6
Socio-economic status2
 Low100.010.714.935.13.07.528.8
 Middle two quartiles100.00.39.230.95.77.446.6
 High100.0#1.018.82.93.174.1
‡ Reporting standards not met.
# Rounds to zero.
1Scores within the bottom 25 percent of the weighted distribution.
2Socioeconomic status was measured by a composite score on parental education and occupations, and family income.
3Scores within the middle 2 quartiles of the weighted distribution.
4Scores within the top 25 percent of the weighted distribution.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88/2000), 'Fourth Follow-up,' unpublished data.

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