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The High School Transcript Study

Table 1. Mean grade point average of high school graduates, by course subject: 1990, 1994, 1998, and 2000


Mean grade point average

Subject field 1990 Graduates 1994 Graduates 1998 Graduates 2000 Graduates
Mathematics 2.34 2.44 2.56 2.60
Science 2.39 2.50 2.62 2.67
English 2.52 2.63 2.74 2.77
Social Studies 2.56 2.67 2.79 2.83
Fine Arts 3.13 3.28 3.35 3.38
Foreign Languages 2.58 2.67 2.78 2.82
Computer-Related Studies 2.81 2.95 3.08 3.17
Consumer & Homemaking Education 2.77 2.97 3.07 3.10
General Labor Market Preparation 2.73 2.84 3.01 3.13
Specific Labor Market Preparation 2.86 3.02 3.15 3.20
General Skills 3.38 3.38 3.47 3.44
Personal Health & Physical Education 3.11 3.21 3.27 3.34
Religion 2.89 2.94 3.14 3.33
Military Science 2.79 2.97 2.98 3.03
Special Education 2.63 2.74 2.92 2.97
All Other Courses 2.97 3.02 3.10 3.22

SOURCE: Table 3 in U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. The High School Transcript Study: A Decade of Change in Curricula and Achievement, 1990-2000. NCES 2004-455, by Robert Perkins, Brian Kleiner, Stephen Roey, and Janis Brown. Project Officer: Janis Brown. Washington, DC: 2004.

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