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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 60


Indicator 60. Educational Aspirations


Percent of seniors who plan to go to college after graduation and educational aspirations, by selected characteristics: 1982 and 1992

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                           |    Planned timing of postsecondary|         Level of educational aspiration
                           |                 attendance        |-------------------------------------------------
                           |-----------------------------------|           |Two years or |           |
    Student and school     |Right after|A year or  |  No or    |High school|less of col- | College   | Postgrad-
      characteristics      |high school|more after |don't know |  diploma  |lege or voca-| graduate  |   uate
                           |           |graduation |           |  or less  |tional school|           |  degree
                           |-----------|-----------|-----------|----- -----|------ ------|----- -----|----- -----
                           |1982 |1992 |1982 |1992 |1982 |1992 |1982 |1992 | 1982 | 1992 |1982 |1992 |1982 |1992
---------------------------|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|------|------|-----|-----|-----|-----
All seniors................ 58.3  76.6  11.0  14.8  30.6   8.6  24.6   5.3   36.6   25.3  21.3  36.1  17.5  33.3
  Male .................... 53.4  73.0  10.6  16.0  35.9  11.2  28.2   6.7   34.0   26.0  20.5  36.2  17.3  31.1
  Female .................. 63.0  80.1  11.4  13.8  25.8   6.1  21.1   3.9   39.2   24.5  22.0  36.2  17.8  35.4

Race/ethnicity
  White ................... 60.2  76.6  10.4  15.2  29.5   8.4  22.7   5.4   35.6   25.1  23.4  37.3  18.3  32.3
  Black ................... 57.5  75.2  13.9  14.4  28.7  10.6  25.3   4.7   40.7   23.5  17.1  34.0  16.9  37.9
  Hispanic ................ 45.6  75.4  13.3  15.4  41.1   9.4  35.4   6.3   39.8   31.3  13.3  31.6  11.5  30.8
  Asian/Pacific Islander .. 81.7  83.4   7.7  11.0  10.9   5.7  11.8   2.9   28.4   19.1  23.5  35.7  36.4  42.3
  American Indian/ ........ 48.5  65.7  12.3  20.8  39.3  13.5  31.2   9.2   45.2   30.0  12.1  25.8  11.5  35.0
  Alaskan Native

Test performance quartile
  Lowest .................. 32.8  59.3  13.6  18.5  53.6  22.3  45.3  13.4   42.7   47.8   6.4  20.8   5.6  18.0
  Second .................. 45.2  71.2  12.6  18.7  42.3  10.1  33.7   6.9   45.5   38.8  13.1  33.2   7.7  21.2
  Third ................... 61.9  81.2  11.7  14.0  26.4   4.8  19.0   3.4   40.3   21.5  26.0  44.0  14.7  31.1
  Highest ................. 85.4  90.9   7.1   7.4   7.6   1.8   6.6   0.9   20.5    6.1  35.1  38.7  37.9  54.3

Socioeconomic status\1\
  Low ..................... 38.3  60.3  13.4  22.3  48.3  17.5  40.9  11.5   40.5   41.1  11.6  27.1   6.9  20.2
  Middle .................. 56.6  74.6  12.2  16.5  31.2   8.9  23.1   5.4   41.3   28.7  21.1  38.7  14.4  27.2
  High .................... 82.8  91.1   6.5   6.5  10.7   2.6   9.0   1.3   23.6    9.4  32.1  37.4  35.3  51.9

Control of school
  Public................... 56.0  74.8  11.4  15.9  32.5   9.3  26.1   5.8   37.7   27.1  20.2  35.3  16.1  31.9
  Catholic................. 80.0  93.0   6.5   5.0  13.6   2.1  12.0   0.7   26.7   10.1  32.5  47.7  28.8  41.5
  Other private............ 77.3  92.0   8.9   3.6  13.8   4.4  11.1   1.5   28.1    7.9  27.2  37.4  33.6  53.2
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/1/ Socioeconomic status was measured by a composite score on parental education and occupation, and family income. The "low" SES group is the lowest quartile; the "middle" SES group is the middle two quartiles; and the "high" SES group is the upper quartile.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "High School and Beyond," First Followup survey; and "National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988," Second Followup survey.

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