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Table H72. Average number of credits earned during high school by public high school graduates, by race/ethnicity, sex, and curricular area: 2005
Curricular area All graduates     Race/ethnicity1     Sex
White   Black   Hispanic   Asian/Pacific Islander   American Indian/ Other Male Female
                                 
All curricular areas 26.67     26.86   26.56   25.90   26.30   26.31     26.49 26.83
                                 
Academic, total 19.44     19.65   18.93   18.61   20.20   19.32     18.68 20.17
Core academics, total 15.42     15.47   15.45   14.96   15.98   15.24     15.21 15.63
English 4.42     4.32   4.54   4.82   4.52   4.41     4.36 4.48
Mathematics 3.68     3.69   3.72   3.49   3.90   3.62     3.65 3.70
Science 3.98     4.02   3.98   3.74   3.94   3.99     3.91 4.04
Social studies 3.34     3.43   3.21   2.91   3.62   3.21     3.29 3.40
Fine arts 2.05     2.17   1.77   1.77   1.80   2.30     1.71 2.38
Foreign languages 1.97     2.01   1.71   1.88   2.42   1.79     1.76 2.16
                                 
Enrichment/other 3.22     3.09   3.52   3.62   3.21   3.29     3.46 2.99
                                 
Career/technical education (CTE), total 4.01     4.12   4.11   3.68   2.89   3.69     4.35 3.68
Non-occupational CTE, total 1.38     1.38   1.54   1.29   0.98   1.43     1.35 1.40
Family and consumer sciences education 0.40     0.42   0.45   0.32   0.25   0.45     0.31 0.50
General labor market preparation, total 0.97     0.97   1.10   0.96   0.73   0.98     1.04 0.91
                                 
Occupational education, total 2.63     2.74   2.57   2.39   1.91   2.26     3.00 2.28
Agriculture and natural resources 0.23     0.28   0.10   0.14   0.06   0.32     0.31 0.15
Business 0.51     0.49   0.65   0.50   0.38   0.43     0.49 0.53
Business finance 0.11     0.12   0.11   0.07   0.09   0.10     0.11 0.12
Business management 0.17     0.18   0.21   0.11   0.15   0.17     0.18 0.16
Business support 0.23     0.19   0.33   0.33   0.14   0.16     0.21 0.24
Communications and design 0.36     0.39   0.28   0.30   0.32   0.36     0.34 0.38
Computer and information sciences 0.24     0.23   0.23   0.21   0.35   0.24     0.33 0.15
Construction and architecture 0.12     0.13   0.11   0.10   0.04   0.06 !   0.21 0.03
Architecture 0.02     0.03   0.01   0.02   0.02   # !   0.04 0.01
Construction 0.10     0.10   0.09   0.08   0.02 ! 0.06 !   0.18 0.02
Consumer and culinary services 0.27     0.25   0.37   0.29   0.14   0.21     0.13 0.39
Consumer services 0.16     0.14   0.21   0.18   0.08   0.15     0.04 0.26
Culinary arts 0.11     0.11   0.15   0.11   0.06   0.07     0.09 0.13
Engineering technologies 0.15     0.17   0.11   0.12   0.13   0.04     0.26 0.05
Health sciences 0.16     0.15   0.24   0.16   0.09   0.09     0.07 0.24
Manufacturing, repair, and transportation 0.39     0.44   0.25   0.35   0.22   0.33     0.66 0.13
Manufacturing 0.21     0.25   0.11   0.17   0.13   0.18     0.33 0.10
Repair and transportation 0.18     0.19   0.13   0.19   0.09   0.15     0.33 0.03
Repair 0.17     0.18   0.13   0.18   0.09   0.14     0.32 0.03
Transportation 0.01     0.01 ! 0.01 ! 0.01   #   0.01 !   0.02 #
Marketing 0.13     0.13   0.15   0.12   0.11   0.10     0.13 0.14
Public services 0.08     0.08   0.09   0.10   0.07   0.10     0.07 0.10
Education and library science 0.04     0.04   0.04 ! 0.04   0.04   0.05     0.02 0.06
Education 0.03     0.03   0.03 ! 0.03   0.03   0.02 !   0.02 0.04
Library science 0.01     0.01   0.01 ! 0.01   0.01 ! 0.03 !   0.01 0.01
Protective/legal services and                                
public administration 0.04     0.04   0.05 ! 0.07   0.04   0.05 !   0.04 0.04
Protective services 0.04     0.03   0.05 ! 0.06   0.03 ! 0.04 !   0.04 0.04
Public administration and                                
legal services #     #   #   #   0.01 ! 0.01 !   # #
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. Standard error is more than one-third of the estimate.
1 Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian, and American Indian/Other includes Alaska Native, graduates of more than one race, and graduates whose race is unknown. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin unless specified.
NOTE: This table shows, for example, that White public high school graduates from the class of 2005 earned an average of 4.12 credits in CTE. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 2005.

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