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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010


Table 13a.

Percentage of high school graduates who completed selected mathematics courses in high school, by race/ethnicity: 1998, 2000, and 2005


Year and race/ethnicity Geometry  
Algebra II
  Trig-
onometry
  Statistics   Pre-
calculus
  Calculus  
1998                        
Total 75.1   61.7   8.9   3.7   23.1   11.0  
White 77.7   64.6   10.0   4.3   25.0   12.1  
Black 72.5   55.6   4.8   2.1   13.8   6.6  
Hispanic 62.3   48.3   5.6   1.7   15.3   6.2  
Asian/Pacific Islander 75.9   70.1   11.7   3.8   41.3   18.4  
American Indian/Alaska Native 57.2   46.6   5.5   3.7 ! 16.4   6.2 !
                         
2000                        
Total 78.3   67.8   7.5   5.7   26.7   11.6  
White 79.2   68.9   8.5   6.1   28.2   12.5  
Black 77.9   64.8   4.1   3.8 ! 16.2   4.7  
Hispanic 72.8   59.8   2.9   2.3   19.3   5.6  
Asian/Pacific Islander 80.6   80.4   14.5 ! 11.5   48.8   30.8  
American Indian/Alaska Native 65.0   60.3   4.3 ! 2.1 ! 12.6   2.4 !
                         
2005                        
Total 83.3   70.3   8.3   7.7   29.5   13.6  
White 83.4   71.2   9.6   8.5   32.0   15.3  
Black 84.7   69.2   3.9   5.8   17.9   5.5  
Hispanic 80.5   62.7   4.8   3.4   20.5   6.3  
Asian/Pacific Islander 86.1   78.3   9.4   13.0   48.8   29.8  
American Indian/Alaska Native 74.2   67.5   10.4 ! 2.8 ! 15.9   7.9 !
! Interpret data with caution.
NOTE: These data only report the percentage of students who earned credit for each course while in high school and do not count those students who took these courses before entering high school. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 1998, 2000, and 2005.
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