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Table 3. Percentage distribution of academic year 2003–2004 high school graduates, by the institutional sector of postsecondary education first attended and select student characteristics: 2006

Characteristic 4-year public postsecondary institution   4-year private postsecondary institution   2-year postsecondary institutionLess than 2-year postsecondary institution   No postsecondary institution
Total  32.3   15.8   29.7 2.0   20.3
                 
Sex                 
Female  33.6   16.8   30.2 2.3   17.1
Male  30.9   14.6   29.1 1.7   23.7
                 
Race/ethnicity1                 
American Indian or Alaska Native  23.2   11.3 ! 32.3 2.8 ! 30.4
Asian or Pacific Islander  43.8   17.0   27.7 0.9 ! 10.7
Black or African American  30.8   12.7   29.6 3.1   23.8
Hispanic or Latino  20.5   8.8   39.6 3.4   27.7
White  34.6   17.7   28.1 1.5   18.1
Two or more races  30.9   18.7   22.1 2.4 ! 26.0
                 
Family income                 
$0–20,000  19.0   9.0   33.5 3.6   34.9
$20,001–50,000  26.2   11.7   33.1 2.7   26.3
$50,001–100,000  37.3   17.5   28.9 1.3   15.0
$100,001 or more  46.9   27.4   19.3 0.7 ! 5.7
                 
Parental education2                 
High school or less  21.2   7.1   34.1 3.1   34.4
Some college  28.3   12.6   34.6 2.2   22.3
Bachelor's degree  41.3   19.1   26.2 1.4   12.0
Graduate/professional degree  43.2   29.2   18.9 0.9   7.8
                 
Native language3                 
English  33.0   16.7   28.3 1.9   20.0
Non-English  27.3   9.3   38.6 2.8   22.0
                 
High school sector                 
Public  31.7   13.9   30.7 2.1   21.6
Catholic  44.2   33.8   17.0 1.0 ! 3.9
Other private  31.4   40.4   19.4 0.8 ! 8.0
                 
Educational expectation in 10th grade                 
High school or less  3.8 ! 0.2 ! 16.4 4.8   74.8
Some college  5.3   4.6   43.6 5.2   41.3
Bachelor's degree  37.9   16.0   32.8 1.3   12.0
Graduate/professional degree  47.2   24.7   20.7 0.6   6.8
Don't know  11.1   5.7   34.4 2.9   45.9
                 
Highest math course taken in high school                 
No math  #   8.5 ! 21.7 5.2 ! 64.6
Basic math/pre-algebra  4.4   2.4 ! 32.1 4.3   56.8
Algebra I, geometry, or algebra II  18.5   8.2   40.4 2.9   29.9
Trigonometry, statistics, pre-calculus  45.3   19.5   25.0 0.9   9.3
Calculus  53.1   34.5   9.3 0.2 ! 2.8
No transcript collected  31.1   16.5   25.3 3.7   23.4
# Rounds to zero.
! 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.
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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