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Table 8. Percentage of 2002 high school sophomores who delayed postsecondary enrollment and percentage distribution of their main reason for delaying enrollment, by selected student, family, and school characteristics: 2006

              Not enrolled in 2006
      Main reason not employed
Characteristic Percent not enrolled in postsecondary institutions in 2006 Percent not employed   Have not found a job you want yet   Unable to find a job   Do not need to work   Family respon-
sibilities
  Personal health reasons   Other reason1  
Total 44.9 27.5 25.7 19.6 3.6 20.7   6.7 23.7
                               
Sex                              
Female 39.8 33.4 19.9 16.6 4.3   30.3 8.6 20.3
Male 50.4 22.2 32.0 23.1 3.4   8.6 4.4 28.4
                               
Race/ethnicity2                              
White, non-Hispanic 38.8 22.3 23.1 16.3 5.9   20.7 7.2 26.7
Black, non-Hispanic 56.1 35.0 31.0 27.7 1.7 ! 15.2 5.7 18.6
Hispanic 58.7 28.3 26.6 14.3 2.4 ! 25.1 6.3 25.4
Asian, non-Hispanic 24.9 38.1   39.9 13.1 !   18.8 23.9
All other races, non-Hispanic 56.5 32.3   19.0 25.9 4.4!   22.9 23.6
                               
Family income in 2001                              
$0-20,000 65.0 32.7 27.7 20.5 3.0 ! 21.0 5.3 22.4
$20,001-50,000 53.7 26.7 25.4 20.5 4.0   22.7 6.9 20.6
$50,001-100,000 36.5 25.5 22.9 16.1 3.5   19.7 7.6 30.1
$100,001 or more 18.5 20.9 29.0 18.2 ! 4.8 ! 13.9 ! 6.9 ! 27.3
                               
Parental education3                              
High school or less 62.8 27.9 27.3 20.5 3.1   21.7 8.1 19.2
Some college 50.8 26.4 21.3 18.7 5.1   22.0 6.4 26.5
Bachelor's degree 31.5 24.9 27.3 20.2 2.8 ! 17.9 2.7 ! 29.0
Graduate/professional degree 20.5 29.5 35.3 17.2 4.6   10.9 4.5 ! 27.5
                               
Native language4                              
English 43.8 26.5 24.9 19.7 4.3   20.4 6.6 24.1
Non-English 51.1 28.3 30.2 16.8 2.2 ! 21.5 4.2 25.2
                               
High school sector                              
Public 47.3 27.5 25.6 19.4 3.4   21.4 6.7 23.5
Catholic 15.2 20.1 25.4 22.7 6.1   3.6 ! 34.2
Other Private 21.6 25.0   20.7 9.5 ! 16.5   15.5 ! 4.6 33.3
                               
Highest math course taken in high school5                              
No math 89.5 37.8   28.0   27.4     9.3 ! 17.5 ! 16.4  
Basic math/pre-algebra 85.5 31.6   30.8   17.7     23.6   6.7   20.5  
Algebra I, geometry, or algebra II 58.6 26.3   23.0   21.9   4.0   23.0   5.6   22.5  
Trigonometry, statistics, pre-calculus 23.8 24.9   26.2   17.6   6.6   16.3   7.9   25.5  
Calculus 8.1 29.9   8.2 ! 1.3 ! 11.6 ! 13.3 !   61.0  
                               
! 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).
‡ Reporting standards are not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 50 percent or more of the estimate).
1 Other reason includes (1) "volunteering instead of working," (2) "traumatic experience (accident, victim of crime, grieving a death)," or (3) "another reason."
2 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.
3 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).
4 The first language the student learned to speak.
5 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. The flag variable G10COHRT was used to produce data that are based on 2002 high school sophomores interviewed in both 2002 and 2006.
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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