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Table 55. Percentage of spring 2002 high school sophomores, by timing of first postsecondary enrollment and selected student characteristics: 2006
 
Characteristic Ever attended a postsecondary institution Immediate enrollment in postsecondary education1 Delayed enrollment in postsecondary education2   Nonenrollee, or still enrolled in high school
Total 70.1 60.3 9.8   29.9
Sex          
Male 65.4 55.8 9.6   34.6
Female 74.8 64.9 9.9   25.2

Race/ethnicity
         
White 75.1 66.9 8.2   24.9
Black 62.3 48.6 13.6   37.7
Hispanic 58.5 45.0 13.5   41.5
Asian/Pacific Islander 82.3 76.6 5.7   17.7
American Indian/Alaska Native 51.0 37.8 13.2   49.0
Two or more races 63.6 55.7 7.9   36.4

Family income
         
$0-20,000 52.3 40.4 11.9   47.7
$20,001-50,000 63.1 52.1 11.0   36.9
$50,001-100,000 78.2 69.5 8.7   21.8
$100,001 or more 90.7 84.0 6.7   9.3

Parental education3
         
High school or less 53.1 41.7 11.4   46.9
Some college 68.0 56.7 11.3   32.0
Bachelor's degree 82.4 74.6 7.8   17.6
Graduate/professional degree 87.2 80.6 6.6   12.8

Educational expectation in 10th grade
         
High school or less 26.3 16.9 9.5   73.7
Some college 48.8 36.5 12.3   51.2
Bachelor's degree 75.2 64.4 10.8   24.8
Graduate/professional degree 85.8 78.4 7.3   14.2
Don't know 55.4 43.0 12.4   44.6

Highest math course taken in school
         
No math 20.2 13.1 7.1 ! 79.8
Basic math or pre-algebra 30.4 20.6 9.9   69.6
Algebra I, geometry, or algebra II 61.5 48.0 13.5   38.5
Trigonometry, statistics, or precalculus 89.3 82.1 7.3   10.7
Calculus 97.3 95.4 1.9   2.7
No transcript collected 57.2 47.5 9.7   42.8
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.
1 Respondents are considered to have immediate enrollment if their postsecondary attendance began by October of the year they left high school (if the month they left high school was between January and July), or by the following February (if the month they left high school was between August and December).
2 Respondents are considered to have delayed enrollment if their postsecondary attendance began later than October of the year they left high school (if the month they left high school was between January and July), or later than the following February (if the month they left high school was between August and December).
3 Parental education is the highest education level attained by any parent.
NOTE: Total includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), "Second Follow-up, 2006."

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