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


Table 23.1.

Percentage of high school completers who were enrolled in 2- or 4-year colleges the October immediately following high school completion, by race/ethnicity: Selected years, 19802008


      Black   Hispanic
        Moving average2     Moving average2
Year Total1 White Annual   Annual
1980 49.3 49.8 42.7 44.0   52.3 49.6
1985 57.7 60.1 42.2 39.5   51.0 46.1
1990 60.1 63.0 46.8 48.9   42.7 52.5
1995 61.9 64.3 51.2 52.9   53.7 51.6
2000 63.3 65.7 54.9 56.3   52.9 48.6
2005 68.6 73.2 55.7 58.2   54.0 57.5
2006 66.0 68.5 55.5 55.6   57.9 58.5
2007 67.2 69.5 55.7 55.7   64.0 62.0
2008 68.6 71.7 55.7   63.9
— Not available.
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
2 Due to short-term data fluctuations associated with small sample sizes for the Black and Hispanic categories, moving average rates are also presented. Moving average rates were calculated as the average of the annual estimates for the following three adjacent years: the year in question, the year immediately before it, and the year immediately after it.
NOTE: Includes high school completers ages 16–24, who accounted for about 98 percent of all high school completers in a given year. The Current Population Survey (CPS) questions about educational attainment were reworded in 1992. Before then, high school completers referred to those who had completed 12 years of schooling; beginning in 1992, the term referred to those who had received a high school diploma or equivalency certificate. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Current Population Survey (CPS), selected years, October 1980–2008.
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