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Table 3. Percentage of 2002 high school sophomores not yet enrolled in postsecondary institutions in 2006 and percentage distribution of their main reason for not enrolling, by selected student, family, and school characteristics: 2006

       Main reason for not enrolling1      
Characteristic Percent not yet enrolled in postsecondary institutions   Uninterested in further education2   Academic reasons3   Further education unnecessary for current career goals4   Cannot afford to go on to school   Need to help support family   Other reasons5  
Total 28.8 17.5 4.8 15.3 24.3 14.4 23.8  
                             
Sex                            
Female 24.2 13.9 4.3 10.1 26.5 14.4 30.8  
Male 33.1 19.7 4.5 19.2 22.4 15.4 18.8  
                             
Race/ethnicity6                            
White, non-Hispanic 24.0 18.7 2.8 19.3 23.7 10.4 25.1  
Black, non-Hispanic 35.2 15.9 5.5 11.5 24.8 21.5 20.8  
Hispanic 39.4 13.8 6.7 7.9 26.6 21.7 23.2  
Asian, non-Hispanic 14.5 22.1 13.6 8.8 ! 19.5 20.7 15.3  
All other races, non-Hispanic 37.1 18.2 6.0 ! 16.6 23.4 16.3 19.4  
                             
Family income in 2001                            
$0-20,000 46.3 16.8 7.3 10.9 24.6 18.7 21.8  
$20,001-50,000 35.6 15.9 3.9 15.6 25.7 15.4 23.5  
$50,001-100,000 21.1 20.0 4.2 18.2 23.2 10.9 23.6  
$100,001 or more 8.7 22.2 19.9 13.5 4.7 ! 37.7  
                             
Parental education7                            
High school or less 45.1 17.3 5.3 13.2 26.9 16.4 20.9  
Some college 30.7 17.6 3.6 15.9 23.0 14.8 25.1  
Bachelor's degree 16.3 18.6 3.5 17.2 21.6 12.8 26.3  
Graduate/professional degree 12.3 11.4 6.2 ! 22.0 21.6 11.3 27.5  
                             
Native language8                            
English 27.5 17.9 3.6 15.9 24.1 14.4 24.0  
Non-English 33.6 13.6 9.7 12.5 25.7 18.8 19.8  
                             
High school sector                            
Public 30.6 17.3 4.7 15.0 24.6 14.8 23.6  
Catholic 5.8 30.1 4.0 ! 25.9 13.9 5.0 ! 21.2  
Other Private 9.7 19.3 0.2 38.0 8.7 ! 29.5  
                             
Highest math course taken in high school9                            
No math 76.0 21.2 9.9 ! 13.8 ! 20.8 20.3 14.0
Basic math/pre-algebra 68.2 20.1 4.0 14.0 22.1 14.5 25.3
Algebra I, geometry, or algebra II 37.8 15.7 4.8 15.2 26.2 15.3 22.9
Trigonometry, statistics, pre-calculus 11.1 17.4 5.1 15.1 23.8 11.9 26.7
Calculus 2.8 30.6 ! 19.1 ! 16.5 ! 14.0 ! 19.2 !
                             
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 30 percent or more of the estimate).
1 Respondents could give more than one reason for not enrolling. Percentages for each reason are of all 2002 high school sophomores who had not been enrolled by the second follow-up in 2006 since leaving high school. Respondents who gave more than one reason in a group of reasons are counted only once for that group.
2 Uninterested in further education includes (1) "do not like school," (2) "would rather work and make money than go to school," and/or (3) "don't feel that going to school is important."
3 Academic reasons include (1) "grades are not high enough," (2) "college admission scores are not high enough," and/or (3) "not accepted at the school(s) where you wanted to go."
4 Further education unnecessary for current career goals include (1) "won't need more education for the career you want" and/or (2) "have a good job."
5 Other reasons include (1) "had a traumatic experience such as you were in an accident, a victim of a crime, or grieving a death," (2) "personal health reasons," (3) "were incarcerated," and/or (4) reasons provided by the respondents via open ended answers.
6 Black, non-Hispanic includes African American. Hispanic includes Latino. All other races, non-Hispanic includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Two or more races.
7 Parental education is the highest level of education attained by either the student’s mother or father (including guardians); or, if data are available for only one parent or guardian, the educational attainment of that parent (or guardian).
8 The first language the student learned to speak.
9 Sample members for whom no high school transcript was received are not included in the estimates.
NOTE: Totals are weighted by F2QWT and other estimates are weighted by F2BYWT except for highest math course taken in high school, which is weighted by F2QTSCWT. Details may not sum to 100 percent 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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