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Table 1. Percentage distribution of academic year 2001–2002 high school sophomores, by high school completion status as of 2006 and select student characteristics.

Characteristic Pre-fall 2003 graduate   Academic year 2003–2004 graduate   Post-academic year
2003-2004 graduate, GED
recipient or high school
equivalency recipient
  Not completed  
Total  2.9   82.1   7.2   7.8  
                 
Sex                 
Female  2.7   85.0   5.8   6.4  
Male  3.1   79.2   8.6   9.2  
                 
Race/ethnicity1                 
American Indian or Alaska Native  4.1 ! 67.8   12.0   16.1  
Asian or Pacific Islander  2.6   87.6   4.8   5.0  
Black or African American  6.2   72.0   10.1   11.7  
Hispanic or Latino  4.1   70.9   10.7   14.3  
White  1.8   87.8   5.3   5.1  
Two or more races  3.2   77.1   10.7   9.1  
                 
Family income                 
$0–20,000  5.2   67.2   12.9   14.7  
$20,001–50,000  2.9   79.6   7.6   9.9  
$50,001–100,000  2.4   87.7   5.4   4.5  
$100,001 or more  1.5   92.4   3.9   2.2  
                 
Parental education2                 
High school or less  3.7   72.9   9.2   14.2  
Some college  3.3   81.4   8.4   6.9  
Bachelor's degree  2.2   88.4   5.1   4.3  
Graduate/professional degree  1.7   90.7   4.0   3.5  
                 
Native language3                 
English  2.8   83.5   6.8   6.9  
Non-English  3.6   73.5   9.6   13.3  
                 
High school sector                 
Public  3.0   81.1   7.6   8.3  
Catholic    98.3   1.3 ! 0.2 !
Other private  2.7 ! 92.3   3.3   1.7 !
                 
Highest math course taken in high school                 
No math  7.4 ! 34.5   24.0   34.1  
Basic math/pre-algebra  4.0   50.4   19.2   26.4  
Algebra I, geometry, or algebra II  3.7   79.4   8.1   8.8  
Trigonometry, statistics, pre-calculus  1.2   96.7   1.3   0.8  
Calculus  0.4 ! 98.9   0.6 ! #  
No transcript collected  5.8   61.2   17.1   15.9  
# Rounds to zero.
‡ Reporting standards are not met.
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error represents more than 30 percent of the estimate.
1 All race categories exclude Hispanic or Latino origin, unless specified. Asian or Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian.
2 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).
3 The first language students learned to speak.
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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