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Table 150. Percentage distribution of public and private high school graduates, by highest level of mathematics and science course completed and selected student characteristics: 200304
Student characteristic Highest level mathematics course taken since 9th grade1  Highest level science course taken since 9th grade2 
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Total 0.6 (0.10) 4.8 (0.33) 44.6 (0.91) 36.1 (0.82) 13.9 (0.53) 0.6 (0.09) 2.2 (0.28) 3.4 (0.36) 25.4 (0.87) 33.3 (0.89) 17.1 (0.82) 9.6 (0.54) 8.5 (0.51)
Sex                                                    
Male 0.7 (0.15) 5.9 (0.45) 45.2 (1.07) 33.6 (0.94) 14.5 (0.71) 0.8 (0.15) 2.8 (0.42) 3.9 (0.42) 27.0 (0.99) 29.8 (0.96) 17.9 (0.88) 8.1 (0.63) 9.7 (0.63)
Female 0.4 (0.10) 3.8 (0.38) 44.0 (1.09) 38.5 (1.03) 13.2 (0.64) 0.3 (0.08) 1.6 (0.23) 2.9 (0.40) 23.8 (1.02) 36.6 (1.09) 16.3 (0.96) 11.1 (0.65) 7.3 (0.57)
                                                     
Race/ethnicity3                                                     
White 0.5 (0.11) 4.2 (0.36) 41.0 (1.09) 38.3 (0.97) 16.0 (0.67) 0.5 (0.09) 1.9 (0.33) 3.1 (0.39) 23.9 (1.06) 32.1 (1.05) 18.2 (0.97) 11.0 (0.70) 9.4 (0.64)
Black 1.3 (0.42) 5.6 (0.96) 51.3 (2.15) 37.0 (2.15) 4.7 (0.67) 0.9 (0.31) 2.3 (0.71) 2.6 (0.64) 31.2 (1.83) 39.8 (2.16) 12.4 (1.66) 6.5 (1.06) 4.3 (0.80)
Hispanic 0.3 (0.16) 6.7 (1.05) 58.6 (1.87) 27.5 (1.73) 6.8 (0.84) 0.7 (0.25) 3.5 (0.73) 4.7 (0.99) 30.9 (1.87) 35.9 (1.72) 15.5 (1.77) 5.5 (0.77) 3.3 (0.54)
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4 (0.25) 1.8 (0.43) 28.7 (2.37) 35.6 (2.21) 33.4 (2.45) 0.5 (0.27) 1.7 (0.48) 1.3 (0.41) 12.8 (1.46) 25.9 (1.83) 19.0 (1.76) 13.4 (1.34) 25.4 (2.26)
American Indian/Alaska Native 2.4 (2.42) 12.9 (4.68) 62.9 (6.17) 16.1 (5.19) 5.6 (2.65) (†) 5.7 (2.98) 4.6 (3.01) 41.9 (8.84) 28.2 (6.50) 12.3 (5.40) 5.3 (2.73) 2.0 (1.12)
                                                     
Socioeconomic status                                                    
Lowest quarter 1.4 (0.31) 9.2 (0.81) 57.6 (1.39) 25.6 (1.23) 6.2 (0.67) 1.2 (0.27) 3.9 (0.57) 5.1 (0.77) 35.9 (1.53) 33.1 (1.43) 9.2 (0.90) 8.0 (0.80) 3.6 (0.52)
Middle two quarters 0.5 (0.12) 4.7 (0.43) 49.1 (1.05) 35.6 (0.96) 10.0 (0.51) 0.5 (0.11) 2.2 (0.34) 3.8 (0.44) 27.7 (1.12) 34.4 (1.10) 15.9 (0.87) 9.9 (0.65) 5.7 (0.51)
Highest quarter 0.2 (0.09) 1.6 (0.36) 26.9 (1.14) 44.9 (1.26) 26.4 (1.07) 0.2 (0.11) 1.1 (0.30) 1.4 (0.33) 13.4 (0.87) 31.4 (1.30) 25.0 (1.31) 10.3 (0.83) 17.1 (1.04)
                                                     
Native language4                                                     
English 0.6 (0.10) 4.5 (0.33) 43.7 (0.96) 37.4 (0.87) 13.8 (0.56) 0.5 (0.09) 2.1 (0.30) 3.4 (0.36) 24.9 (0.90) 33.7 (0.92) 17.3 (0.85) 9.8 (0.57) 8.3 (0.51)
Non-English 0.5 (0.19) 6.5 (0.92) 50.6 (2.00) 27.9 (1.50) 14.5 (1.23) 0.7 (0.22) 3.0 (0.65) 3.5 (0.77) 28.8 (1.81) 30.2 (1.72) 15.2 (1.51) 8.5 (0.96) 10.2 (1.11)
                                                     
Parents' education                                                    
High school or less 1.2 (0.26) 8.2 (0.71) 56.0 (1.20) 27.3 (1.06) 7.3 (0.66) 1.0 (0.22) 4.1 (0.56) 4.9 (0.67) 34.5 (1.42) 33.3 (1.32) 9.7 (0.88) 8.8 (0.77) 3.7 (0.50)
Some college 0.6 (0.15) 5.2 (0.52) 51.0 (1.23) 34.7 (1.13) 8.6 (0.57) 0.5 (0.12) 1.8 (0.37) 3.9 (0.55) 28.9 (1.19) 34.8 (1.17) 15.4 (0.91) 9.2 (0.74) 5.5 (0.54)
4-year college degree or more 0.2 (0.08) 2.5 (0.36) 32.8 (1.11) 42.5 (1.10) 22.0 (0.89) 0.4 (0.12) 1.4 (0.29) 2.1 (0.35) 17.2 (0.87) 32.0 (1.12) 22.7 (1.13) 10.4 (0.68) 13.7 (0.83)
                                                     
Family composition                                                    
Mother and father 0.3 (0.07) 3.9 (0.37) 40.3 (1.05) 38.2 (0.95) 17.3 (0.68) 0.4 (0.09) 1.8 (0.27) 3.1 (0.39) 21.6 (0.97) 32.7 (1.03) 19.9 (0.95) 10.2 (0.65) 10.3 (0.65)
Mother or father and guardian 1.0 (0.34) 4.9 (0.66) 52.1 (1.68) 34.6 (1.56) 7.4 (0.73) 0.7 (0.22) 2.7 (0.52) 4.0 (0.63) 31.7 (1.57) 34.9 (1.54) 11.4 (1.08) 9.4 (0.87) 5.4 (0.82)
Single parent (mother or father) 0.9 (0.23) 6.8 (0.69) 50.4 (1.38) 32.7 (1.34) 9.3 (0.76) 0.9 (0.22) 2.9 (0.53) 3.7 (0.58) 30.3 (1.28) 34.3 (1.38) 13.3 (1.09) 8.4 (0.80) 6.3 (0.62)
Other 1.7 (0.98) 10.4 (2.26) 57.8 (3.23) 24.8 (2.68) 5.4 (1.44) 2.0 (1.01) 4.5 (1.44) 4.4 (1.23) 38.4 (3.02) 30.2 (2.95) 11.5 (1.86) 6.3 (1.61) 2.6 (0.91)
                                                     
Extracurricular participation                                                    
No participation 1.2 (0.26) 8.9 (0.75) 55.7 (1.38) 29.1 (1.37) 5.0 (0.54) 0.9 (0.21) 3.6 (0.56) 6.2 (0.77) 35.6 (1.30) 31.5 (1.26) 11.1 (0.86) 7.6 (0.85) 3.6 (0.55)
Less than 1 hour a week 0.6 (0.24) 4.9 (0.87) 47.9 (1.84) 35.5 (1.72) 11.1 (0.99) 0.5 (0.28) 2.8 (0.55) 2.3 (0.57) 28.2 (1.87) 33.7 (1.79) 14.8 (1.46) 9.7 (1.05) 8.1 (1.08)
1 to 4 hours a week 0.3 (0.17) 3.5 (0.46) 42.6 (1.47) 38.7 (1.51) 14.9 (0.90) 0.2 (0.10) 2.1 (0.44) 2.8 (0.44) 21.8 (1.20) 34.6 (1.41) 19.7 (1.36) 9.9 (0.82) 8.9 (0.80)
More than 4 hours a week 0.1 (0.08) 1.9 (0.29) 36.4 (1.15) 40.9 (1.13) 20.7 (0.89) 0.2 (0.08) 1.1 (0.23) 2.0 (0.35) 18.2 (1.02) 34.0 (1.14) 21.3 (1.08) 11.0 (0.73) 12.2 (0.71)
                                                     
Employment                                                    
No employment 0.3 (0.13) 5.4 (0.65) 41.7 (1.50) 34.6 (1.29) 18.0 (1.03) 0.4 (0.15) 2.2 (0.42) 3.2 (0.52) 22.4 (1.21) 32.1 (1.28) 18.8 (1.18) 9.7 (0.79) 11.1 (0.85)
1 to 15 hours a week 0.5 (0.17) 3.3 (0.40) 36.9 (1.26) 40.5 (1.20) 18.7 (0.89) 0.4 (0.12) 1.9 (0.33) 2.7 (0.42) 19.8 (1.33) 32.8 (1.30) 20.5 (1.13) 11.1 (0.83) 10.8 (0.82)
More than 15 hours a week 0.5 (0.15) 4.4 (0.43) 50.6 (1.05) 35.3 (1.01) 9.1 (0.58) 0.3 (0.10) 2.2 (0.40) 3.9 (0.48) 29.4 (1.08) 34.7 (1.10) 14.5 (0.87) 8.9 (0.71) 6.0 (0.55)
                                                     
School control                                                    
Public 0.6 (0.11) 5.2 (0.36) 46.4 (0.98) 34.9 (0.88) 12.8 (0.55) 0.6 (0.09) 2.4 (0.31) 3.6 (0.39) 26.5 (0.94) 33.3 (0.95) 16.0 (0.86) 9.6 (0.57) 8.0 (0.54)
Catholic 0.1 (0.10) 0.3 (0.12) 24.8 (2.68) 52.4 (2.57) 22.4 (1.84) 0.2 (0.19) 0.4 (0.35) 1.5 (0.74) 15.2 (2.37) 31.5 (2.70) 30.1 (3.00) 9.3 (1.62) 11.7 (1.15)
Other private 0.3 (0.23) 0.1 (0.07) 23.8 (3.01) 45.4 (2.71) 30.4 (3.98) (†) (†) 0.6 (0.25) 10.3 (2.12) 33.1 (3.72) 28.9 (4.74) 9.5 (2.09) 17.6 (3.33)
Mixed5  (†) 0.3 (0.26) 46.0 (5.07) 43.3 (5.23) 10.4 (3.79) (†) (†) 0.6 (0.47) 17.1 (3.13) 46.5 (4.86) 15.0 (3.19) 14.2 (4.43) 6.6 (2.44)
                                                     
School location                                                    
Urban 0.8 (0.25) 4.0 (0.56) 40.2 (1.78) 41.0 (1.74) 14.0 (1.06) 0.6 (0.18) 2.0 (0.55) 1.9 (0.52) 20.9 (1.50) 36.3 (1.68) 20.0 (1.69) 8.3 (0.93) 10.0 (0.94)
Suburban 0.5 (0.12) 4.6 (0.47) 44.7 (1.27) 35.1 (1.04) 15.2 (0.77) 0.5 (0.12) 2.3 (0.37) 3.9 (0.53) 24.9 (1.17) 31.6 (1.24) 17.1 (1.10) 10.3 (0.80) 9.4 (0.81)
Rural 0.5 (0.16) 6.2 (0.77) 48.3 (2.02) 33.6 (1.98) 11.4 (1.08) 0.6 (0.17) 2.1 (0.68) 4.0 (0.91) 31.1 (2.49) 33.6 (2.09) 13.8 (1.77) 10.0 (1.26) 4.9 (0.71)
Mixed5  0.4 (0.38) 7.7 (1.93) 62.1 (3.36) 23.6 (2.59) 6.3 (1.56) 1.4 (0.72) 3.3 (1.15) 4.7 (1.48) 39.3 (3.18) 30.9 (3.11) 9.6 (2.10) 7.9 (1.74) 3.0 (0.81)
                                                     
School region6                                                     
Northeast 0.6 (0.23) 5.0 (0.85) 41.7 (2.32) 35.0 (2.00) 17.7 (1.45) 0.5 (0.15) 2.4 (0.93) 5.3 (1.20) 20.6 (1.89) 30.7 (1.98) 22.3 (2.01) 7.7 (1.04) 10.4 (1.22)
Midwest 0.6 (0.21) 5.0 (0.66) 41.7 (1.65) 39.4 (1.78) 13.3 (0.89) 0.5 (0.16) 1.8 (0.41) 3.5 (0.71) 25.3 (1.93) 30.4 (1.83) 17.5 (1.57) 11.3 (1.23) 9.7 (1.16)
South 0.8 (0.19) 4.2 (0.46) 43.0 (1.35) 38.8 (1.14) 13.3 (0.84) 0.7 (0.15) 1.1 (0.27) 2.3 (0.44) 25.8 (1.25) 37.7 (1.54) 15.6 (1.40) 9.3 (0.85) 7.7 (0.75)
West 0.2 (0.09) 5.4 (0.81) 52.8 (2.24) 29.4 (1.90) 12.2 (1.22) 0.6 (0.22) 4.3 (0.79) 3.3 (0.65) 28.9 (2.06) 32.1 (1.84) 14.3 (1.67) 9.8 (1.22) 6.7 (1.02)
Mixed5  (†) 4.5 (4.40) 50.2 (8.23) 37.3 (8.40) 7.9 (4.09) (†) (†) 8.6 (5.76) 22.4 (6.14) 27.9 (7.74) 21.2 (6.66) 7.2 (3.25) 12.7 (6.74)
† Not applicable.
1 Level 1 = no math; Level 2 = basic math/prealgebra; Level 3 = core secondary through algebra II; Level 4 = trigonometry, statistics, precalculus; and Level 5 = calculus.
2 Level 1 = no science; Level 2 = primary physical science; Level 3 = secondary physical science and basic biology; Level 4 = general biology; Level 5 = chemistry I or physics I; Level 6 = chemistry I and physics I; Level 7 = chemistry II or physics II or advanced biology; Level 8 = both Levels 6 and 7.
3 Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
4 The first language students learned to speak when they were children.
5 Transfer students were classified as "mixed" if their base-year school and their transfer school were in different categories (e.g., a Catholic school student who transferred to a public school or a student who transferred from an urban to a rural school).
6 Region is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau based on the state in which the school is located.
NOTE: Highest mathematics and science courses taken are based on a taxonomy of course types for which the student received a nonzero credit while in high school. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. The academic year extended from September 1, 2003, to August 31, 2004. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Academic Pathways, Preparation, and Performance: A Descriptive Overview of the Transcripts From the High School Graduating Class of 2003–04, Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), "High School Transcript Study." (This table was prepared May 2007.)

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