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Digest of Education Statistics: 2006
Digest of Education Statistics: 2006

NCES 2007-017
July 2007


Table 140. Percentage of public and private high school graduates earning minimum credits in selected combinations of academic courses, by sex and race/ethnicity: Selected years, 1982 through 2005
Year of graduation and
course combination taken1 
All students Sex Race/ethnicity
Male Female White Black Hispanic Asian/Pacific Islander American Indian/Alaska Native Other
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1982 graduates                                    
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, .5 Comp, and 2 FL2  2.0 (0.22) 2.3 (0.31) 1.8 (0.27) 2.4 (0.28) 0.7 (0.28) 0.6 (0.22) 5.8 (1.72) 1.1 (0.77) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, and 2 FL 9.5 (0.57) 9.1 (0.70) 9.9 (0.71) 10.9 (0.69) 5.2 (1.02) 3.9 (0.57) 17.0 (2.49) 3.3 (1.68) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math 14.3 (0.66) 15.2 (0.86) 13.4 (0.79) 15.9 (0.79) 11.0 (1.39) 6.7 (0.79) 21.1 (2.65) 8.1 (3.02) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 2 Sci, 2 Math 31.5 (1.07) 31.7 (1.26) 31.3 (1.22) 32.4 (1.21) 30.8 (2.32) 25.6 (1.76) 32.0 (3.40) 23.6 (5.39) (†)
                                     
1987 graduates                                    
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, .5 Comp, and 2 FL2  10.6 (0.73) 11.5 (1.01) 9.8 (0.65) 11.3 (0.97) 6.6 (0.91) 5.5 (1.03) 20.5 (2.57) 2.5 (0.86) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, and 2 FL 18.1 (0.91) 18.0 (1.13) 18.3 (1.01) 19.0 (1.10) 12.7 (1.15) 10.8 (1.70) 35.7 (4.49) 4.9 (1.40) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math 24.8 (1.03) 25.9 (1.27) 23.7 (1.07) 26.1 (1.21) 19.6 (1.99) 14.5 (1.69) 39.8 (4.51) 24.3 (3.69) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 2 Sci, 2 Math 48.1 (1.74) 48.0 (2.22) 48.4 (1.56) 48.1 (2.15) 48.3 (2.63) 43.9 (1.92) 57.9 (4.82) 61.8 (5.56) (†)
                                     
1990 graduates                                    
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, .5 Comp, and 2 FL2  18.0 (1.06) 17.8 (1.16) 18.2 (1.09) 18.6 (1.21) 15.1 (1.66) 17.8 (2.42) 23.3 (2.23) 7.8 (3.33) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, and 2 FL 29.9 (1.26) 28.8 (1.38) 31.0 (1.36) 31.7 (1.46) 22.9 (2.27) 25.4 (2.41) 42.6 (2.95) 9.9 (3.70) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math 38.2 (1.50) 38.5 (1.69) 37.9 (1.54) 39.2 (1.63) 39.0 (3.57) 29.8 (2.51) 47.4 (3.04) 19.2 (4.70) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 2 Sci, 2 Math 65.5 (1.96) 64.3 (2.09) 66.4 (1.98) 64.9 (2.28) 71.3 (3.00) 63.7 (3.01) 69.1 (3.90) 46.3 (6.39) (†)
                                     
1994 graduates                                    
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, .5 Comp, and 2 FL2  25.1 (1.05) 23.4 (0.93) 26.8 (1.32) 26.4 (1.19) 19.0 (1.45) 27.1 (3.75) 35.5 (2.84) 12.9 (3.09) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, and 2 FL 39.0 (1.12) 35.0 (1.11) 42.7 (1.33) 41.6 (1.32) 29.6 (1.52) 35.6 (2.94) 50.1 (2.39) 22.5 (4.31) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math 49.3 (1.45) 47.0 (1.45) 51.5 (1.58) 52.4 (1.67) 43.7 (2.39) 40.3 (3.25) 54.9 (2.46) 46.0 (3.30) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 2 Sci, 2 Math 73.9 (1.50) 71.2 (1.63) 76.4 (1.46) 75.1 (1.69) 74.5 (2.32) 74.7 (2.61) 72.3 (3.62) 76.3 (3.60) (†)
                                     
1998 graduates                                    
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, .5 Comp, and 2 FL2  28.6 (1.72) 27.6 (2.12) 30.1 (1.90) 29.6 (1.99) 27.9 (3.36) 20.4 (2.44) 38.6 (4.61) 16.5 (4.65) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, and 2 FL 44.2 (1.92) 40.5 (2.19) 48.2 (2.05) 46.2 (2.16) 40.0 (3.41) 32.0 (2.94) 57.8 (4.51) 28.3 (4.53) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math 55.0 (2.44) 52.9 (2.64) 57.8 (2.48) 56.8 (2.69) 55.6 (4.39) 40.0 (3.28) 66.1 (5.69) 40.0 (4.73) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 2 Sci, 2 Math 74.5 (2.18) 72.8 (2.34) 77.0 (2.14) 74.7 (2.64) 76.0 (3.21) 70.1 (2.57) 79.5 (4.76) 76.4 (5.21) (†)
                                     
2000 graduates                                    
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, .5 Comp, and 2 FL2  31.0 (1.53) 28.6 (1.59) 33.2 (1.73) 31.5 (1.55) 28.9 (1.65) 28.4 (5.50) 37.8 (5.45) 16.2 (2.69) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, and 2 FL 46.5 (1.46) 40.3 (1.59) 52.1 (1.60) 47.8 (1.56) 44.2 (2.14) 38.4 (5.05) 56.5 (3.13) 25.6 (3.40) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math 57.2 (1.58) 52.9 (1.65) 61.1 (1.70) 58.1 (1.70) 62.4 (2.44) 46.4 (5.46) 61.1 (3.11) 40.9 (5.56) (†)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 2 Sci, 2 Math 77.6 (1.58) 74.2 (1.86) 80.6 (1.44) 77.9 (1.84) 81.2 (2.23) 74.1 (3.24) 74.5 (3.05) 71.2 (4.44) (†)
                                     
2005 graduates                                    
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, .5 Comp, and 2 FL2  36.2 (1.00) 34.6 (0.97) 37.7 (1.23) 35.8 (1.22) 39.9 (1.72) 33.0 (1.86) 42.9 (2.34) 24.5 (3.48) 36.8 (5.09)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math, and 2 FL 52.1 (1.00) 46.8 (1.16) 57.2 (1.01) 53.3 (1.20) 51.4 (1.88) 41.8 (2.07) 63.6 (2.19) 36.2 (3.40) 65.7 (3.12)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 3 Sci, 3 Math 64.7 (1.07) 61.1 (1.26) 68.0 (0.99) 65.9 (1.32) 69.6 (1.83) 49.8 (2.29) 69.1 (2.20) 59.3 (3.30) 72.4 (3.44)
4 Eng, 3 SS, 2 Sci, 2 Math 81.8 (1.02) 79.2 (1.18) 84.3 (0.97) 81.2 (1.33) 88.7 (0.93) 77.2 (1.33) 83.7 (1.72) 81.0 (3.18) 87.2 (2.71)
—Not available.
† Not applicable.
1 Eng = English; SS = social studies; Sci = science; Comp = computer science; and
FL = foreign language.
2 The National Commission on Excellence in Education recommended that all college-bound high school students take these courses as a minimum.
NOTE: Data differ slightly from figures appearing in other NCES reports because of differ­ences in taxonomies and case exclusion criteria. Race categories exclude persons of His­panic origin. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, High School and Beyond Longitudinal Study of 1980 Sophomores (HS&B-So:80/82), "High School Transcript Study"; and 1987, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2000, and 2005 High School Tran­script Study (HSTS). (This table was prepared January 2007.)