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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 26.1.

Percentage distribution of adults ages 25 and over according to highest level of educational attainment, by race/ethnicity: Selected years, 19902005


Race/ethnicity and year Less than high school completion High school completion or higher
Total High school completion1 Some college Associate's degree Bachelor's degree Graduate degree
Total Master's degree Doctorate or first-professional degree
White
1990 18.6 81.4 39.8 18.5 13.4 9.7
1995 14.1 85.9 34.8 18.2 7.6 16.7 8.7 6.0 2.7
2000 11.6 88.4 34.1 17.9 8.4 18.6 9.5 6.5 2.9
2005 9.9 90.1 32.9 17.4 9.3 19.7 10.8 7.7 3.1
Black
1990 33.8 66.2 37.2 17.7 6.8 4.5
1995 26.2 73.8 36.2 18.0 6.3 9.6 3.7 2.7 0.9
2000 21.1 78.9 35.3 20.1 6.8 11.5 5.1 4.2 0.9
2005 18.5 81.5 37.3 18.5 8.0 12.5 5.2 4.0 1.2
Hispanic
1990 49.2 50.8 29.2 12.4 5.5 3.8
1995 46.6 53.4 26.3 13.2 4.6 6.2 2.7 1.7 1.1
2000 43.0 57.0 27.9 13.5 5.0 7.3 3.3 2.2 1.2
2005 41.5 58.5 27.6 13.3 5.6 8.5 3.5 2.4 1.1
Asian/Pacific Islander
1990 19.6 80.4 26.2 14.3 24.2 15.6
1995 16.2 83.8 23.8 14.7 6.9 25.6 12.9 7.1 5.8
2000 14.3 85.7 22.0 12.4 7.0 28.9 15.4 9.5 5.9
2005 12.3 87.7 20.9 11.0 6.6 31.8 17.4 11.5 5.9
American Indian/Alaska Native
1990 34.0 66.0 36.9 20.2 5.9! 3.1!
1995 27.3 72.7 36.3 18.6 7.8 7.3! 2.8! 2.5! 0.2!
2000 24.1 75.9 33.1 20.2 9.0 9.7 3.9! 2.9! 1.0!
2005 24.2 75.8 31.6 19.2 10.6 10.3 4.2! 2.6! 1.6!
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Includes equivalency.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), Annual Demographic Supplement 1990, 1995, and 2000, and Annual Social and Economic Supplement 2005.
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