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Table 4. Percentage distribution of academic year 2003–2004 high school graduates, by the selectivity of the first postsecondary institution attended and select student characteristics: 2006

  4-year postsecondary institution1, 2   Less than 4-year postsecondary institution3 No postsecondary institution  
Characteristic Highly selective   Moderately selective   Inclusive   Unknown selectivity    
Total  15.8   22.5   5.8   4.0   31.7 20.2  
                       
Sex                       
Female  16.4   24.4   5.9   3.6   32.6 17.1  
Male  15.2   20.4   5.6   4.4   30.7 23.7  
                       
Race/ethnicity4                       
American Indian or Alaska Native  7.5 ! 18.0   4.6 ! 4.5 ! 35.1 30.4  
Asian or Pacific Islander  32.4   20.0   4.9   3.5   28.5 10.7  
Black or African American  5.7   17.7   16.6   3.5   32.7 23.8  
Hispanic or Latino  6.4   11.5   5.1   6.4   43.0 27.6  
White  19.0   26.1   3.7   3.4   29.6 18.1  
Two or more races  13.8   22.7   7.3   5.7   24.5 26.0  
                       
Family income                       
$0–20,000  4.5   13.4   6.7   3.5   37.1 34.8  
$20,001–50,000  9.0   18.4   6.3   4.3   35.8 26.2  
$50,001–100,000  18.0   26.8   5.6   4.4   30.2 15.0  
$100,001 or more  37.8   30.1   4.0   2.5   20.0 5.7  
                       
Parental education5                       
High school or less  5.1   14.2   5.7   3.3   37.3 34.4  
Some college  9.0   21.1   6.5   4.2   36.8 22.3  
Bachelor's degree  21.3   28.7   6.1   4.2   27.6 12.0  
Graduate/professional degree  36.2   28.2   4.0   4.0   19.7 7.8  
                       
Native language6                       
English  16.4   23.9   5.9   3.7   30.2 20.0  
Non-English  12.3   13.4   5.1   5.8   41.4 21.9  
                       
High school sector                       
Public  14.0   21.9   5.9   3.8   32.8 21.6  
Catholic  35.6   33.5   4.8   4.0   18.0 3.9  
Other private  37.6   23.0   3.1   7.8   20.5 8.0  
                       
Educational expectation
    in 10th grade 
                     
High school or less  #   2.1 ! 0.9 ! 0.9 ! 21.2 74.8  
Some college  0.6 ! 3.5   2.5   3.3   48.8 41.2  
Bachelor's degree  13.6   27.0   7.8   5.5   34.2 11.9  
Graduate/professional degree  29.5   32.8   6.4   3.3   21.3 6.8  
Don't know  3.5   6.7   3.5   3.4   37.1 45.8  
                       
Highest math course taken
    in high school 
                     
No math  #   4.5 ! 2.7 ! 1.2 ! 26.9 64.6  
Basic math/pre-algebra  0.2 ! 3.0 ! 2.2 ! 1.9 ! 36.2 56.5  
Algebra I, geometry, or algebra II  3.3   13.4   5.8   4.2   43.4 29.9  
Trigonometry, statistics, pre-calculus  19.5   34.4   6.7   4.1   26.0 9.3  
Calculus  52.6   28.8   3.3   3.0   9.5 2.8  
No transcript collected  14.6   19.6   8.5   5.0   29.0 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 The selectivity of institutions is defined according to the definition used in NCES’s Institutions of Postsecondary Education Data System, which is based on the 2005 Carnegie Classification of Institutions. The "inclusive", "moderately selective", and "highly selective" categories correspond to 25th percentile ACT-equivalent scores of students who applied to attend the institution. The score ranges for the categories are less than 18, between 18 and 21, and greater than 21 points, respectively.
2 Includes public, private for-profit, and private not-for-profit 4-year institutions.
3 Includes public, private for-profit, and private not-for-profit institutions, including both 2-year and less than 2-year institutions.
4 All race categories exclude Hispanic or Latino origin, unless specified. Asian or Pacific Islander includes Native Hawaiian.
5 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).
6 The first language students learned to speak.
NOTE: Less than 0.5 percent of cases noted postsecondary attendance but did not report the level and selectivity of their first-attended postsecondary institution. HIgh school graduates are student who received a diploma. 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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