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Table 5. Percentage distribution of academic year 2003–2004 high school graduates, by the highest level postsecondary institution attended and select student characteristics: 2006

Characteristic High school diploma Less than 2-year postsecondary institution   2-year postsecondary institution 4-year postsecondary institution  
Total  20.2 1.8   27.0 51.0  
             
Sex             
Female  17.1 1.4   26.6 53.4  
Male  23.6 2.1   27.5 48.3  
             
Race/ethnicity1             
American Indian or Alaska Native  30.4 0.9 ! 28.9 39.8  
Asian or Pacific Islander  10.6 0.7 ! 25.2 63.5  
Black or African American  23.8 2.7   27.5 46.1  
Hispanic or Latino  27.6 3.1   37.6 31.8  
White  18.1 1.4 ! 25.2 55.3  
Two or more races  26.0 1.6   19.2 53.3  
             
Family income             
$0–20,000  34.8 3.5   31.0 30.7  
$20,001–50,000  26.2 2.2   30.9 40.7  
$50,001–100,000  15.0 1.2   26.2 57.7  
$100,001 or more  5.7 0.6 ! 15.8 77.9  
             
Parental education2             
High school or less  34.4 2.9   32.1 30.7  
Some college  22.3 1.9   32.5 43.3  
Bachelor's degree  12.0 1.2   22.8 64.0  
Graduate/professional degree  7.8 0.6   15.4 76.2  
             
Native language3             
English  20.0 1.7   25.6 52.7  
Non-English  21.9 2.4   36.4 39.3  
             
High school sector             
Public  21.6 1.8   28.1 48.5  
Catholic  3.9 0.8 ! 15.2 80.0  
Other private  8.0 0.9 ! 16.4 74.7  
             
Educational expectation in 10th grade             
High school or less  74.8 4.0   16.0 5.3  
Some college  41.2 4.8   42.1 11.9  
Bachelor's degree  11.9 1.2   29.6 57.3  
Graduate/professional degree  6.8 0.5   17.6 75.1  
Don't know  45.8 2.2   33.0 19.1  
             
Highest math course taken in high school             
No math  64.6 5.2 ! 21.4 8.9 !
Basic math/pre-algebra  56.5 3.7   32.2 7.6  
Algebra I, geometry, or algebra II  29.9 2.6   37.9 29.6  
Trigonometry, statistics, pre-calculus  9.3 0.8   21.7 68.3  
Calculus  2.8 0.2 ! 6.9 90.1  
No transcript collected  23.4 3.1   23.2 50.3  
! 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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