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

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Table 15.2a.

Percentage distribution of ACT test-taking population, by race/ethnicity: 19982008


Race/ethnicity 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Total1 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
White 76.1 76.1 75.6 75.2 74.2 73.3 72.4 71.2 69.9 68.8 68.3
Black   10.8 10.8 11.0 11.1 11.5 11.8 12.1 12.7 12.8 13.5 13.6
Hispanic   5.6 5.5 5.7 5.9 6.4 6.9 7.2 7.6 7.9 8.2 8.7
Asian/Pacific Islander   3.3 3.5 3.5 3.6 3.5 3.6 3.6 3.6 3.7 3.7 3.9
American Indian/Alaska Native   1.2 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.2 1.1
1 Includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown; therefore, detail may not sum to 100.
NOTE: Estimates 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. Test-takers were asked to self-identify a single racial/ethnic group. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: American College Testing Program, ACT National Scores Report, 1998–2008.
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