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Table 52. Percentage of high school seniors expecting to complete various educational levels, by sex, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status (SES): 1972, 1980, 1992, and 2004
 
Sex, race/ethnicity, and SES Less than high school completion   Some college
1972   1980   1992 2004   1972 1980 1992 2004
Total 18.9   19.5   5.3 5.4   30.9 34.5 25.3 19.7
Sex                      
Male 15.5   21.0   6.8 7.6   29.0 31.7 26.0 22.8
Female 22.2   18.2   3.9 3.4   32.7 37.0 24.6 16.8

Race/ethnicity
                     
White 18.8   20.1   5.4 5.1   30.4 34.3 25.1 18.6
Black 15.0   17.0   4.7 5.5   34.0 35.4 23.5 20.6
Hispanic 16.3   25.0   6.3 7.4   41.2 39.1 31.4 26.7
Asian 8.4 ! 3.3 ! 2.9 2.7   23.1 18.6 19.0 11.2
Two or more races     6.8   18.2

SES quartile
                     
Lowest 33.6   34.4   10.8 10.8   36.0 39.5 40.0 30.6
Middle two 19.8   18.5   4.9 5.0   35.6 39.6 26.9 21.0
Highest 5.8   5.0   1.3 1.3   17.8 19.3 9.3 7.3

Sex, race/ethnicity, and SES
Bachelor's degree   Graduate or professional degree
1972   1980   1992 2004   1972 1980 1992 2004
Total 37.6   25.5   36.1 36.6   12.6 20.5 33.3 38.3
Sex                      
Male 39.2   26.0   36.2 37.9   16.3 21.2 31.1 31.8
Female 36.0   25.1   36.1 35.3   9.1 19.8 35.4 44.6

Race/ethnicity
                     
White 38.2   26.0   37.2 37.7   21.6 19.6 32.3 38.6
Black 37.5   24.3   34.0 35.2   13.5 23.2 37.9 38.7
Hispanic 33.3   19.2   31.3 32.6   9.2 16.8 31.0 33.3
Asian 52.1   34.9   35.7 35.1   16.5 43.2 42.5 51.1
Two or more races     40.7   34.2

SES quartile
                     
Lowest 24.5   16.2   27.9 33.3   6.0 10.0 21.2 25.4
Middle two 35.1   25.3   40.1 39.3   9.5 16.6 28.2 34.8
Highest 52.6   36.6   36.1 34.6   23.8 39.2 53.3 56.9
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.
NOTE: Totals include other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately. Asian category includes Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 (NLS:72), "Base Year"; High School and Beyond Longitudinal Study of 1980 Seniors (HS&B-Sr:80), "Third Follow-up, 1986"; National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88), "Second Follow-up, Student Survey, 1992"; and Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), "First Follow-up, 2004."

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