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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2007-039
September 2007

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Table 14.2a.

Percentage distribution of ACT test-taking population, by race/ethnicity: 1997-2005


Race/ethnicity 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Total 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
White 76 76 76 76 75 74 73 72 71
Total minority1 24 24 24 24 25 26 27 28 29
Black 10 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 13
Hispanic 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 8
Mexican American 2 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 5
Puerto Rican/other Hispanic 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3
Asian/Pacific Islander 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
1 Includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: Figures are based on all students who took the ACT assessment during their sophomore, junior, or senior year, and who graduated from high school in the spring of the respective year shown. If a student tested more than once, only his/her most recent test record was used. Test-takers were asked to self-identify a single racial/ethnic group. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin.
SOURCE: American College Testing Program, ACT National Scores Report, 19972005.
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