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


Table 13b.

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


Year and race/ethnicity Biology   Chemistry   Physics   Biology and chemistry   Biology, chemistry, and physics
1998                  
Total 92.7   60.4   28.8   59.0   25.4
White 93.7   63.2   30.7   62.0   27.6
Black 92.8   54.3   21.4   53.0   17.4
Hispanic 86.5   46.1   18.9   43.7   15.9
Asian/Pacific Islander 92.9   72.4   46.4   69.5   40.2
American Indian/Alaska Native 91.3   46.9   16.2   43.2   14.2
                   
2000                  
Total 91.2   62.0   31.4   59.4   25.1
White 91.8   63.0   32.4   60.3   25.7
Black 92.3   59.9   25.2   58.0   20.1
Hispanic 89.7   52.4   23.2   50.4   17.6
Asian/Pacific Islander 88.3   75.4   54.0   71.1   47.2
American Indian/Alaska Native 88.4   43.6   17.5   39.4   11.9
                   
2005                  
Total 92.3   66.2   32.7   64.3   27.3
White 92.6   67.1   34.6   65.3   29.0
Black 93.6   63.6   25.8   62.0   21.3
Hispanic 89.1   59.2   23.3   57.2   18.9
Asian/Pacific Islander 92.1   79.4   49.9   75.5   42.8
American Indian/Alaska Native 92.1   49.3   18.2   48.0   14.1
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.