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Adult Education Participation in 2004-05

NCES 2006-077
May 2006

Percentage of adults who participated in adult education, by sex and race/ethnicity: 2005
Characteristics Number of adults (thousands) Any formal adult education1 Standard Error
Total 211,607 44 0.7
Male 101,596 41 1.2
White, non-Hispanic 71,989 42 1.4
Black, non-Hispanic 8,893 41 4.2
Hispanic 13,049 35 3.6
Asian, non Hispanic 3,281 54 6.5
Other, non-Hispanic2 4,384 34 6.1
Female 110,011 47 1.0
White, non-Hispanic 74,625 49 1.1
Black, non-Hispanic 14,574 50 3.6
Hispanic 13,052 40 3.1
Asian, non Hispanic 3,798 35 6.0
Other, non-Hispanic2 3,962 43 5.7
1 Any formal adult education includes the following activities: enrollment in ESL classes, basic skills/GED classes, part-time college degree programs, part-time vocational degree/diploma programs, apprenticeships, work-related courses, and personal interest courses.
2 Other, non-Hispanic includes Native Hawaiian, American Indian, Alaska Native, and non-Hispanic adults of more than one race.
NOTE: Details may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Adult Education Survey of the National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES), 2005.

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