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Table 2. Percentage distribution of academic year 2001–2002 high school sophomores who had not graduated by 2003–2004, by high school completion status as of 2006 and select student characteristics.

Characteristic Received GED or high school equivalency   Had not received GED or high school equivalency as of 2006
Total  24.0   76.0
       
Sex       
Female  23.0   77.0
Male  24.7   75.3
       
Race/ethnicity1       
American Indian or Alaska Native  31.5   68.5
Asian or Pacific Islander  19.8   80.2
Black or African American  18.6   81.4
Hispanic or Latino  16.1   83.9
White  31.7   68.3
Two or more races  26.3   73.7
       
Family income       
$0–20,000  20.7   79.3
$20,001–50,000  24.0   76.0
$50,001–100,000  27.5   72.5
$100,001 or more  26.4   73.6
       
Parental education2       
High school or less  19.6   80.4
Some college  26.3   73.7
Bachelor's degree  26.3   73.7
Graduate/professional degree  32.5   67.5
       
Native language3       
English  26.8   73.2
Non-English  13.5   86.5
       
High school sector       
Public  23.9   76.1
Catholic  28.9 ! 71.1
Other private  24.7   75.3
       
Highest math course taken in high school       
No math  18.5   81.5
Basic math/pre-algebra  23.2   76.8
Algebra I, geometry, or algebra II  24.6   75.4
Trigonometry, statistics, pre-calculus  19.8   80.2
Calculus  35.5 ! 64.5
No transcript collected  25.6   74.4
! 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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