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Table H74. Average number of credits earned during high school by public high school graduates, by highest mathematics course completed in grade 9, completion of 4-year college preparatory coursework, and curricular area: 2005
Curricular area All graduates     Grade 9 mathematics     Completed 4-year college preparatory coursework  
Below algebra or no mathematics   Algebra   Geometry or higher No   Yes  
All curricular areas 26.67     25.73   26.63   27.65     25.79   27.62  
                             
Academic, total 19.44     17.27   19.55   21.30     17.67   21.36  
Core academics, total 15.42     14.34   15.46   16.38     14.46   16.46  
English 4.42     4.42   4.42   4.44     4.32   4.53  
Mathematics 3.68     3.42   3.69   3.91     3.37   4.01  
Science 3.98     3.68   4.01   4.19     3.86   4.11  
Social studies 3.34     2.81   3.35   3.84     2.91   3.81  
Fine arts 2.05     1.77   2.05   2.34     1.93   2.19  
Foreign languages 1.97     1.16   2.04   2.58     1.27   2.71  
                             
Enrichment/other 3.22     3.60   3.14   3.04     3.40   3.03  
                             
Career/technical education (CTE), total 4.01     4.86   3.94   3.32     4.72   3.24  
Non-occupational CTE, total 1.38     1.87   1.29   1.08     1.64   1.09  
Family and consumer sciences education 0.40     0.55   0.40   0.28     0.48   0.32  
General labor market preparation, total 0.97     1.32   0.90   0.80     1.16   0.77  
                             
Occupational education, total 2.63     2.99   2.65   2.23     3.08   2.15  
Agriculture and natural resources 0.23     0.32   0.23   0.15     0.31   0.14  
Business 0.51     0.48   0.53   0.48     0.52   0.50  
Business finance 0.11     0.09   0.12   0.13     0.11   0.11  
Business management 0.17     0.17   0.18   0.14     0.19   0.15  
Business support 0.23     0.22   0.23   0.21     0.22   0.23  
Communications and design 0.36     0.29   0.39   0.36     0.36   0.35  
Computer and information sciences 0.24     0.19   0.23   0.29     0.22   0.25  
Construction and architecture 0.12     0.18   0.11   0.07     0.18   0.05  
Architecture 0.02     0.02   0.02   0.02     0.02   0.02  
Construction 0.10     0.16   0.09   0.05     0.16   0.03  
Consumer and culinary services 0.27     0.39   0.24   0.19     0.34   0.18  
Consumer services 0.16     0.23   0.15   0.11     0.20   0.11  
Culinary arts 0.11     0.17   0.10   0.08     0.14   0.08  
Engineering technologies 0.15     0.14   0.15   0.17     0.17   0.13  
Health sciences 0.16     0.18   0.16   0.13     0.17   0.15  
Manufacturing, repair, and transportation 0.39     0.60   0.38   0.21     0.58   0.19  
Manufacturing 0.21     0.32   0.21   0.12     0.30   0.12  
Repair and transportation 0.18     0.28   0.17   0.09     0.27   0.07  
Repair 0.17     0.27   0.16   0.08     0.26   0.06  
Transportation 0.01     0.01   0.01   0.01 !   0.01   0.01 !
Occupational education, total—continued                            
Marketing 0.13     0.13   0.14   0.12     0.15   0.12  
Public services 0.08     0.08   0.08   0.08     0.09   0.08  
Education and library science 0.04     0.04   0.04   0.04     0.04   0.04  
Education 0.03     0.02   0.03   0.03     0.03   0.03  
Library science 0.01     0.02   0.01   0.01     0.01   0.01  
Protective/legal services and public administration 0.04     0.05   0.04   0.03     0.04   0.04  
Protective services 0.04     0.04   0.04   0.03     0.04   0.04  
Public administration and legal services #     #   #   #     #   #  
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. Standard error is more than one-third of the estimate.
NOTE: This table shows, for example, that public high school graduates from the class of 2005 who completed no mathematics courses in grade 9 above the algebra level (including no courses at all), earned an average of 4.86 credits in CTE.
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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