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Table 104.92. Number and percentage distribution of spring 2002 high school sophomores, by highest level of education completed, socioeconomic status and educational expectations while in high school, and college enrollment status 2 years after high school: 2013
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Socioeconomic status (SES), educational expectations, and college enrollment status Total Highest level of education completed through 20131
Number (in thousands) Percentage distribution All levels Less than high school completion High school completion Some postsecondary education (no credential) Postsecondary certificate Associate's degree Bachelor's or higher degree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Low SES2 810   (24.4) 100.0   (†) 100.0 (†) 7.8   (0.61) 22.6   (0.92) 35.5   (1.07) 10.8   (0.68) 8.1   (0.59) 15.2   (0.90)
Educational expectations in 2002                                                    
Don't know 94   (6.5) 12.6   (0.75) 100.0 (†) 8.9   (2.14) 29.1   (2.82) 35.5   (3.02) 9.7   (1.87) 6.4   (1.82) 10.4   (2.01)
Less than high school 13   (2.1) 1.7   (0.26) 100.0 (†) 21.3 ! (7.71) 42.0   (8.08) 34.6   (7.92)   (†)   (†)   (†)
High school diploma or GED 92   (6.5) 12.4   (0.71) 100.0 (†) 16.2   (2.36) 43.4   (3.40) 26.1   (2.87) 8.6   (2.00) 4.4   (1.24) 1.3 ! (0.55)
Attend or complete 2-year college 66   (5.2) 8.8   (0.60) 100.0 (†) 9.7   (2.38) 28.8   (3.41) 33.9   (3.76) 15.2   (2.80) 6.6   (1.53) 5.8   (1.57)
Attend college, 4-year degree incomplete 43   (4.0) 5.7   (0.48) 100.0 (†) 11.3   (2.90) 26.1   (4.66) 35.8   (5.08) 8.2 ! (2.56) 10.5   (3.03) 8.2   (2.42)
Bachelor's degree 247   (10.9) 33.1   (0.94) 100.0 (†) 4.8   (0.98) 18.5   (1.59) 38.4   (1.88) 13.4   (1.33) 9.3   (1.05) 15.6   (1.51)
Advanced degree 191   (9.7) 25.6   (1.06) 100.0 (†) 3.9   (0.88) 10.4   (1.34) 38.3   (2.20) 8.3   (1.33) 9.9   (1.25) 29.2   (2.00)
                                                     
Educational expectations in 2004                                                    
Don't know 114   (7.5) 14.3   (0.82) 100.0 (†) 14.3   (2.25) 34.6   (3.23) 33.1   (2.69) 9.6   (2.08) 5.4   (1.49) 3.1 ! (1.02)
Less than high school   (†) 0.7   (0.21) 100.0 (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
High school diploma or GED 88   (6.6) 11.0   (0.77) 100.0 (†) 17.1   (2.54) 47.2   (3.51) 22.2   (2.77) 7.3   (1.75) 4.2 ! (1.50) 2.0 ! (0.88)
Attend or complete 2-year college 176   (10.6) 22.0   (1.08) 100.0 (†) 6.3   (1.37) 26.7   (2.09) 40.1   (2.51) 15.7   (1.74) 8.5   (1.36) 2.8   (0.74)
Attend college, 4-year degree incomplete 40   (4.1) 5.0   (0.51) 100.0 (†)   (†) 23.6   (4.56) 44.4   (4.99) 10.7 ! (3.39) 9.5 ! (3.33) 7.8 ! (2.97)
Bachelor's degree 202   (10.0) 25.2   (1.02) 100.0 (†) 2.8   (0.78) 9.8   (1.40) 39.9   (2.18) 9.7   (1.42) 12.2   (1.47) 25.6   (2.08)
Advanced degree 173   (8.8) 21.6   (0.93) 100.0 (†) 2.9 ! (1.02) 8.2   (1.25) 37.2   (2.82) 9.5   (1.74) 8.6   (1.29) 33.7   (2.50)
                                                     
College enrollment status in 2006                                                    
Enrolled in a 4-year college 152   (7.7) 21.0   (1.00) 100.0 (†)   (†)   (†) 31.9   (2.39) 7.0   (1.24) 8.1   (1.60) 53.0   (2.62)
Enrolled in a 2-year college 207   (12.4) 28.6   (1.36) 100.0 (†)   (†)   (†) 50.6   (2.15) 16.2   (1.61) 16.9   (1.65) 15.9   (1.50)
Enrolled in a less-than-2-year college 25   (3.2) 3.5   (0.43) 100.0 (†)   (†) 12.9 ! (4.56) 35.3   (7.00) 42.3   (6.72) 5.4 ! (2.28)   (†)
Not enrolled 340   (14.3) 46.9   (1.39) 100.0 (†) 15.5   (1.31) 45.4   (1.60) 28.3   (1.51) 7.1   (0.93) 2.9   (0.54) 0.8 ! (0.26)
                                                     
Middle SES2 1,631   (31.5) 100.0   (†) 100.0 (†) 2.6   (0.28) 13.9   (0.58) 33.8   (0.72) 9.2   (0.44) 9.3   (0.47) 31.2   (0.85)
Educational expectations in 2002                                                    
Don't know 149   (7.5) 9.8   (0.44) 100.0 (†) 5.3   (1.16) 21.7   (2.22) 36.7   (2.68) 11.8   (1.58) 6.3   (1.29) 18.2   (2.15)
Less than high school 14   (2.6) 0.9   (0.16) 100.0 (†) 20.9 ! (7.98) 34.2   (8.99) 31.4   (8.37)   (†)   (†)   (†)
High school diploma or GED 105   (6.7) 6.9   (0.41) 100.0 (†) 9.7   (1.83) 34.5   (2.84) 34.6   (3.03) 11.7   (1.92) 5.5   (1.25) 4.1   (1.13)
Attend or complete 2-year college 110   (7.0) 7.2   (0.39) 100.0 (†) 3.2 ! (1.19) 24.8   (2.90) 38.0   (2.93) 13.0   (1.98) 12.9   (2.07) 8.0   (1.63)
Attend college, 4-year degree incomplete 59   (4.8) 3.9   (0.28) 100.0 (†)   (†) 19.1   (3.05) 42.8   (4.20) 13.9   (2.59) 7.9   (2.11) 11.8   (2.37)
Bachelor's degree 562   (15.3) 36.9   (0.74) 100.0 (†) 1.2   (0.30) 11.5   (0.97) 34.1   (1.13) 8.4   (0.68) 11.4   (0.84) 33.5   (1.29)
Advanced degree 523   (15.8) 34.4   (0.74) 100.0 (†) 0.9 ! (0.27) 5.5   (0.66) 31.4   (1.40) 7.4   (0.72) 8.3   (0.71) 46.5   (1.33)
                                                     
Educational expectations in 2004                                                    
Don't know 150   (8.8) 9.2   (0.50) 100.0 (†) 9.2   (1.55) 26.3   (2.33) 32.8   (2.48) 11.2   (1.82) 8.0   (1.51) 12.5   (1.98)
Less than high school   (†)   (†) 100.0 (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
High school diploma or GED 97   (7.2) 5.9   (0.42) 100.0 (†) 7.9   (1.98) 46.9   (3.44) 27.3   (3.03) 8.1   (1.63) 4.6   (1.30) 5.2 ! (1.63)
Attend or complete 2-year college 281   (11.7) 17.2   (0.62) 100.0 (†) 3.1   (0.70) 23.9   (1.79) 39.2   (1.89) 17.2   (1.63) 11.6   (1.27) 4.9   (0.83)
Attend college, 4-year degree incomplete 68   (6.0) 4.2   (0.35) 100.0 (†)   (†) 15.0   (2.87) 48.9   (3.85) 8.2   (2.32) 12.7   (2.93) 13.7   (2.91)
Bachelor's degree 547   (15.7) 33.5   (0.73) 100.0 (†) 0.8   (0.22) 7.1   (0.77) 34.7   (1.40) 6.7   (0.67) 11.2   (0.95) 39.5   (1.52)
Advanced degree 489   (14.8) 29.9   (0.78) 100.0 (†)   (†) 3.6   (0.60) 28.8   (1.35) 5.9   (0.69) 7.5   (0.76) 53.7   (1.51)
                                                     
College enrollment status in 2006                                                    
Enrolled in a 4-year college 574   (16.7) 39.4   (1.00) 100.0 (†)   (†)   (†) 24.4   (1.03) 3.9   (0.51) 7.3   (0.69) 64.3   (1.21)
Enrolled in a 2-year college 451   (16.7) 30.9   (0.94) 100.0 (†)   (†)   (†) 46.0   (1.52) 12.9   (1.01) 17.8   (1.11) 23.0   (1.23)
Enrolled in a less-than-2-year college 32   (3.8) 2.2   (0.26) 100.0 (†)   (†) 14.6   (4.05) 31.5   (5.28) 39.6   (5.40) 7.7 ! (2.87)   (†)
Not enrolled 402   (15.5) 27.5   (0.87) 100.0 (†) 8.6   (0.92) 43.6   (1.50) 31.4   (1.32) 9.7   (0.79) 4.4   (0.66) 2.3   (0.49)
                                                     
High SES2 801   (27.1) 100.0   (†) 100.0 (†) 0.6   (0.17) 3.5   (0.43) 21.2   (1.11) 3.6   (0.43) 6.5   (0.54) 64.5   (1.19)
Educational expectations in 2002                                                    
Don't know 42   (4.0) 5.6   (0.48) 100.0 (†)   (†) 6.3 ! (2.27) 34.3   (4.34) 4.2 ! (1.87) 9.2   (2.52) 45.6   (4.84)
Less than high school   (†) 0.3 ! (0.10) 100.0 (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
High school diploma or GED 14   (2.4) 1.9   (0.29) 100.0 (†)   (†) 25.3   (7.29) 29.4   (8.30) 13.8 ! (6.19)   (†) 16.3 ! (7.56)
Attend or complete 2-year college 19   (2.8) 2.5   (0.35) 100.0 (†)   (†) 20.7 ! (7.21) 41.5   (7.90)   (†) 20.6   (5.39) 12.0 ! (3.87)
Attend college, 4-year degree incomplete 13   (2.2) 1.7   (0.28) 100.0 (†)   (†) 17.5 ! (7.75) 39.0   (8.02)   (†)   (†) 27.7   (7.47)
Bachelor's degree 262   (12.2) 35.0   (1.01) 100.0 (†)   (†) 3.2   (0.64) 23.5   (1.70) 4.2   (0.75) 7.2   (0.97) 61.5   (2.02)
Advanced degree 396   (14.8) 52.9   (1.06) 100.0 (†)   (†) 1.2 ! (0.37) 16.3   (1.21) 2.8   (0.53) 4.7   (0.58) 74.8   (1.42)
                                                     
Educational expectations in 2004                                                    
Don't know 37   (4.2) 4.6   (0.51) 100.0 (†) 4.2 ! (1.98) 13.8   (3.78) 31.0   (4.77) 8.7   (2.58) 13.4   (3.94) 28.9   (4.40)
Less than high school   (†)   (†) 100.0 (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
High school diploma or GED 13   (2.4) 1.7   (0.30) 100.0 (†)   (†) 23.2 ! (9.42) 37.6   (11.14)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Attend or complete 2-year college 43   (4.3) 5.3   (0.50) 100.0 (†)   (†) 11.1 ! (3.57) 52.1   (5.15) 14.6   (3.61) 12.7   (3.31) 8.8   (2.25)
Attend college, 4-year degree incomplete 22   (3.3) 2.7   (0.40) 100.0 (†)   (†) 18.3 ! (7.40) 37.1   (7.61)   (†) 15.4 ! (5.72) 22.1   (6.52)
Bachelor's degree 268   (12.1) 33.2   (1.06) 100.0 (†)   (†) 1.7   (0.39) 24.0   (1.71) 4.0   (0.80) 6.5   (0.90) 63.6   (1.87)
Advanced degree 423   (17.6) 52.4   (1.15) 100.0 (†)   (†) 0.9 ! (0.30) 13.6   (1.15) 1.4   (0.34) 4.8   (0.67) 79.2   (1.32)
                                                     
College enrollment status in 2006                                                    
Enrolled in a 4-year college 527   (21.4) 70.5   (1.27) 100.0 (†)   (†)   (†) 13.5   (1.00) 1.4   (0.32) 3.4   (0.46) 81.6   (1.05)
Enrolled in a 2-year college 150   (9.1) 20.1   (1.06) 100.0 (†)   (†)   (†) 38.0   (2.64) 7.9   (1.46) 16.6   (1.77) 37.4   (2.48)
Enrolled in a less-than-2-year college 6   (1.6) 0.8   (0.21) 100.0 (†)   (†)   (†) 36.6 ! (12.87) 30.3 ! (10.70)   (†)   (†)
Not enrolled 64   (5.4) 8.6   (0.70) 100.0 (†) 6.2 ! (1.98) 36.2   (4.18) 35.5   (4.21) 5.4   (1.55) 4.4 ! (1.77) 12.4   (2.42)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Postsecondary transcripts from 2013 were used to update self-reported attainment of highest degree for all respondents with complete transcripts as well as for respondents whose partial transcripts indicated higher attainment than was self-reported in 2012.
2 Socioeconomic status (SES) was measured by a composite score on parental education and occupations, and family income in 2002. The "low" SES group is the lowest quartile; the "middle" SES group is the middle two quartiles; and the "high" SES group is the upper quartile.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and survey item nonresponse. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), Base Year through Postsecondary Transcript Study. (This table was prepared June 2016.)

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