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Table 3. Percentage distribution of academic year 2003–2004 high school graduates, by subject area of Advanced Placement (AP) examination taken and select student characteristics: 2006

  Examination subject area
Characteristic At least one AP examination   Mathematics1   Science2   English3   Social Science4   Foreign Language5   Other6  
Total  18.3   7.4   6.2   9.4   11.0   2.7   1.0  
                             
Sex                             
Female  20.2   7.1   5.9   11.6   11.8   3.6   1.2  
Male  16.5   7.8   6.5   7.2   10.2   1.7   0.7  
                             
Race/ethnicity7                             
American Indian or Alaska Native  9.8 ! 5.5 ! 1.3 ! 5.1 ! 6.3 ! #   #  
Asian or Pacific Islander  36.5   22.8   21.5   20.5   24.4   4.3   1.6 !
Black or African American  6.9   1.8   1.9   3.3   4.0   0.5 ! 0.4 !
Hispanic or Latino  14.0   3.8   3.4   6.6   7.1   6.6   0.7 !
White  20.8   8.4   6.9   10.9   12.6   2.3   1.2  
Two or more races  15.6   7.3   4.9   5.7   10.2   1.0 ! 0.3 !
                             
Socioeconomic status8                             
Lowest quartile  8.5   2.8   2.2   4.3   4.3   2.3   0.3 !
Second quartile  11.1   3.0   3.2   5.3   5.5   2.0   0.7 !
Third quartile  16.7   6.6   5.0   7.9   10.2   1.6   0.8  
Highest quartile  34.3   15.9   13.4   18.7   22.2   4.5   1.8  
                             
Parental education9                             
High school or less  9.4   3.1   2.3   4.3   4.9   2.3   0.4 !
Some college  12.6   3.8   3.6   6.3   6.7   1.6   0.8  
Bachelor's degree  22.4   10.6   7.6   11.5   13.8   2.5   1.0  
Graduate/professional degree  36.4   16.2   14.9   19.9   24.2   5.5   2.0  
                             
Native language10                             
English  18.1   7.3   6.0   9.4   10.9   2.1   1.0  
Non-English  20.0   8.6   7.9   9.5   11.8   6.6   0.9  
                             
High school sector                             
Public  17.3   7.0   5.8   8.8   10.4   2.4   0.8  
Catholic  29.1   9.4   9.1   17.6   18.4   4.2   2.0  
Other private  32.5   15.4   14.5   16.3   17.8   6.5   3.1 !
                             
Student's educational expectation in 10th grade                             
High school or less    #   #       #   #  
Some college  1.6   0.1 ! 0.4 ! 0.7 ! 0.6 ! 0.3 ! #  
Bachelor's degree  15.4   5.9   4.1   7.2   8.6   1.1   1.0  
Graduate/professional degree  34.6   14.7   12.9   18.7   21.8   6.0   1.6  
Don't know  4.8   2.0 ! 1.6 ! 1.9   2.2   1.0 ! 0.4 !
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error represents more than 30 percent of the estimate.
‡ Reporting standards are not met.
1 The Mathematics examinations offered include: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, and Statistics.
2 The Science examinations offered include: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Computer Science AB, Physics B, Physics C: E&M, Physics C: Mechanical, and Environmental Science.
3 The English examinations offered include: English Literature & Composition, and English Language & Composition.
4 The Social Science examinations offered include: Comparative Government and Politics, European History, Art History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Psychology, US Government & Politics, US History, Human Geography, and World History.
5 The Foreign Language examinations offered include: French Language, French Literature, German Language, Latin/Vergil, Latin Literature, Spanish Language, and Spanish Literature.
6 The Other examinations offered include: Music Theory, Studio Art: Drawing, Studio Art: 2-D Design, and Studio Art: 3-D Design.
7 All race categories exclude Hispanic or Latino origin, unless specified. Asian or Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian.
8 For a description of the socioeconomic status (SES) composite variable, see section H.1.5 of the ELS:2002 First Follow-up user's manual: "Education Longitudinal Study of 2002: Base-Year to First Follow-up Data File Documentation" (NCES 2006-344), http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006344.
9 Parental education is the highest level of education attained by the student’s mother and father (including guardians); or, if the student had only one parent, the educational attainment of that parent (or guardian).
10 The first language students learned to speak.
NOTE: AP examinations are developed and administered by The College Board. Not all high schools offer all AP courses in each of these subject areas, but students can apply to take any of the AP examinations in any of the areas. Detail may not sum to totals because one student could take more than one AP examination.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), “Second Follow-up, 2006.”


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