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Table E-22-1.  Percentage of high school graduates who completed selected mathematics and science courses in high school, by sex and race/ethnicity: 2000, 2005, and 2009

Year, sex, and race/ethnicity Geometry1  
Algebra II/
Trigonometry2
  Pre-
calculus2
  Calculus1   Biology1   Chemistry1   Physics1   Biology and chemistry3   Biology, chemistry, and physics4  
2000                                    
Total5 78.3   68.3   26.6   11.6   91.1   61.8   31.3   59.2   25.0  
                                     
Sex                                    
Male 74.8   65.2   25.3   12.1   88.9   57.7   34.1   54.3   26.3  
Female 81.4   71.1   27.8   11.1   93.2   65.5   28.9   63.6   23.9  
                                     
Race/ethnicity                                    
White 79.2   69.6   28.1   12.5   91.7   62.9   32.3   60.1   25.6  
Black 77.8   64.7   16.1   4.6   92.4   59.5   25.1   57.8   20.0  
Hispanic 72.6   60.0   19.3   5.6   87.8   52.0   23.1   50.3   17.7  
Asian/Pacific islander 81.3   81.3   48.7   30.4   87.8   75.1   53.8   70.6   47.0  
American Indian/Alaska Native 65.0   60.3   12.6   2.4 ! 88.4   43.6   17.5   39.4   11.9  
Two or more races                  
                                     
Race/ethnicity by sex                                    
Male                                    
White 75.3   66.2   26.7   13.4   89.1   59.1   35.6   55.5   27.5  
Black 74.6   61.0   14.7   3.8   90.2   53.2   26.2   51.1   19.2  
Hispanic 70.0   57.9   18.0   5.6   87.4   47.0   23.6   45.2   17.6  
Asian/Pacific islander 79.3   77.1   45.3   28.3   85.5   71.2   54.0   65.4   45.9  
American Indian/Alaska Native 67.6   63.7   9.5     86.2   44.9   22.7   39.2   14.2 !
Two or more races                  
Female                                    
White 82.8   72.6   29.5   11.7   94.0   66.4   29.3   64.5   24.0  
Black 80.3   67.5   17.4   5.3   94.1   64.5   24.4   63.1   20.7  
Hispanic 75.0   61.8   20.5   5.6   88.2   56.6   22.8   54.8   17.8  
Asian/Pacific islander 83.2   85.2   51.9   32.4   89.8   78.6   53.6   75.4   48.0  
American Indian/Alaska Native 62.1   56.5   16.1     91.0   42.1   11.6 ! 39.7   9.2 !
Two or more races                  
                                     
2005                                    
Total5 83.8   71.3   29.4   13.6   92.5   66.4   32.9   64.3   27.4  
                                     
Sex                                    
Male 81.9   68.0   28.0   14.0   91.0   62.7   34.9   60.3   28.2  
Female 85.6   74.4   30.8   13.2   93.9   70.0   31.0   68.0   26.5  
                                     
Race/ethnicity                                    
White 83.9   72.4   32.0   15.3   92.8   67.4   34.8   65.3   29.0  
Black 85.0   69.3   17.9   5.5   93.7   63.6   25.8   62.0   21.3  
Hispanic 81.0   63.1   20.4   6.4   89.2   59.3   23.4   57.2   18.8  
Asian/Pacific islander 87.1   79.5   48.8   30.0   92.4   79.7   50.3   75.5   42.9  
American Indian/Alaska Native 73.8   67.2   15.8   7.9 ! 91.5   48.9   18.1   47.6   14.0  
Two or more races                  
                                     
Race/ethnicity by sex                                    
Male                                    
White 82.3   69.2   30.8   15.6   91.4   63.7   37.5   61.3   30.5  
Black 81.0   64.0   15.3   5.4   91.8   57.4   24.5   55.4   18.6  
Hispanic 78.8   60.5   16.8   5.9   87.7   55.7   22.7   53.7   18.2  
Asian/Pacific islander 85.9   75.8   46.8   30.0   90.7   77.6   52.9   72.1   43.5  
American Indian/Alaska Native 74.3   64.3   11.4 ! 11.4 ! 90.9   48.7   19.0   47.4   11.9 !
Two or more races                  
Female                                    
White 85.5   75.7   33.2   15.0   94.3   71.1   32.1   69.1   27.6  
Black 88.1   73.3   19.8   5.6   95.1   68.3   26.7   67.1   23.3  
Hispanic 82.9   65.4   23.7   6.8   90.5   62.5   24.0   60.3   19.4  
Asian/Pacific islander 88.3   82.9   50.6   30.0   94.0   81.6   47.8   78.7   42.3  
American Indian/Alaska Native 73.4   69.5   19.3   5.1 ! 92.0   49.1   17.3   47.7   15.7  
Two or more races                  
                                     
2009                                    
Total5 88.3   75.8   35.3   15.9   95.6   70.4   36.1   68.3   30.1  
                                     
Sex                                    
Male 86.6   73.8   33.8   16.1   94.9   67.4   39.2   65.0   31.9  
Female 89.9   77.8   36.6   15.7   96.2   73.4   33.0   71.4   28.3  
                                     
Race/ethnicity                                    
White 88.8   77.4   37.9   17.5   95.6   71.5   37.6   68.9   31.4  
Black 88.4   70.6   22.7   6.1   96.3   65.3   26.9   64.3   21.9  
Hispanic 87.0   71.4   26.5   8.6   94.8   65.7   28.6   64.2   22.7  
Asian/Pacific islander 86.1   83.0   60.5   42.2   95.8   84.8   61.1   82.7   54.4  
American Indian/Alaska Native 81.6   66.6   18.5   6.3   94.5   44.5   19.8   43.9   13.6  
Two or more races                  
                                     
Race/ethnicity by sex                                    
Male                                    
White 86.8   75.6   36.4   17.5   95.0   68.5   41.8   65.6   34.0  
Black 86.7   67.6   20.2   6.2   95.4   59.7   27.5   58.5   21.2  
Hispanic 86.3   68.7   25.2   9.1   94.4   64.1   29.9   62.8   23.7  
Asian/Pacific islander 85.5   81.0   58.0   41.9   94.4   81.8   61.3   78.8   52.6  
American Indian/Alaska Native 74.5   58.9   20.5   4.6 ! 93.2   42.5   18.3   42.0   14.3  
Two or more races                  
Female                                    
White 90.8   79.2   39.5   17.6   96.2   74.7   33.4   72.2   28.7  
Black 89.9   73.2   24.9   6.1   97.1   70.2   26.4   69.4   22.4  
Hispanic 87.7   73.8   27.7   8.1   95.1   67.0   27.5   65.4   21.9  
Asian/Pacific islander 86.6   85.0   62.9   42.5   97.1   87.7   60.8   86.7   56.2  
American Indian/Alaska Native 87.6   73.1   16.9   7.7 ! 95.6   46.2   21.2   45.5   13.0  
Two or more races                  
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Percentages are for students who earned at least one Carnegie credit.
2 Percentages are for students who earned at least 0.5 of a Carnegie credit.
3 Percentages are for students who earned at least one Carnegie credit each in biology and chemistry.
4 Percentages are for students who earned at least one Carnegie credit each in biology, chemistry, and physics.
5 Total includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately in the table.
NOTE: These data only report the percentage of students who earned the indicated Carnegie credit (0.5 = one semester; 1.0 = one academic year) for each high school course. For a transcript to be included in the analyses, it had to meet three requirements: (1) the graduate received either a standard or honors diploma, (2) the graduate’s transcript contained 16 or more Carnegie credits, and (3) the graduate’s transcript contained more than 0 Carnegie credits in English courses. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 2000, 2005, and 2009.
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