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Table 2. Percentage of academic year 2003–2004 high school graduates, by the timing of first enrollment in a postsecondary institution and select student characteristics: 2006

Characteristic Ever attended a postsecondary institution Immediate enrollment in a postsecondary institution1 Delayed enrollment in a postsecondary institution2   Never attended a postsecondary institution
Total  79.8 74.1 5.7   20.2
           
Sex           
Female  83.0 76.8 6.1   17.1
Male  76.4 71.1 5.2   23.6
           
Race/ethnicity3           
American Indian or Alaska Native  69.6 59.7 9.9 ! 30.4
Asian or Pacific Islander  89.4 85.0 4.4   10.6
Black or African American  76.3 69.1 7.2   23.7
Hispanic or Latino  72.6 65.1 7.4   27.5
White  81.9 77.1 4.8 ! 18.1
Two or more races  74.0 65.3 8.7   26.0
           
Family income           
$0–20,000  65.3 59.0 6.3   34.7
$20,001–50,000  73.8 67.8 6.0   26.2
$50,001–100,000  85.1 79.2 5.9   15.0
$100,001 or more  94.3 90.4 3.9   5.7
           
Parental education4           
High school or less  65.8 60.0 5.7   34.3
Some college  77.8 71.7 6.0   22.3
Bachelor's degree  88.0 82.4 5.6   12.0
Graduate/professional degree  92.2 87.0 5.2   7.8
           
Native language5           
English  80.0 74.3 5.7   20.0
Non-English  78.2 72.7 5.5   21.8
           
High school sector           
Public  78.5 72.6 5.8   21.6
Catholic  96.1 92.5 3.6   3.9
Other private  92.0 87.9 4.2   8.0
           
Educational expectation in 10th grade           
High school or less  25.3 21.4 3.8 ! 74.8
Some college  58.9 53.6 5.3   41.2
Bachelor's degree  88.1 81.5 6.6   11.9
Graduate/professional degree  93.2 88.0 5.2   6.8
Don't know  54.3 48.3 5.9   45.7
           
Highest math course taken in high school           
No math  35.4 30.8 4.6 ! 64.6
Basic math/pre-algebra  43.5 39.0 4.5   56.5
Algebra I, geometry, or algebra II  70.2 63.5 6.7   29.8
Trigonometry, statistics, pre-calculus  90.8 84.8 6.0   9.3
Calculus  97.2 95.0 2.2   2.8
No transcript collected  76.6 71.3 5.3   23.4
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error represents more than 30 percent of the estimate.
1 Respondents are considered to have immediate enrollment if their postsecondary attendance began by October of the year they left high school (if the month they left high school was between January and July), or by the following February (if the month they left high school was between August and December).
2 Respondents are considered to have delayed enrollment if their postsecondary attendance began later than October of the year they left high school (if the month they left high school was between January and July), or later than the following February (if the month they left high school was between August and December).
3 All race categories exclude Hispanic or Latino origin, unless specified. Asian or Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian.
4 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).
5 The first language students learned to speak.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals due to rounding.
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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