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Table 139. -  Percent of high school graduates earning minimum credits in selected combinations of academic courses, by sex and race/ethnicity: 1982 to 1994
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      Year of graduation       |  All  |    Sex       |        Race/ethnicity
          and course           | stu-  |______________|__________________________________________
     combinations taken\1\     | dents | Male  |Female| White | Black |Hispanic| Asian |American
                               |       |       |      |       |       |        |       | Indian/
                               |       |       |      |       |       |        |       | Alaskan
                               |       |       |      |       |       |        |       | Native
_______________________________|_______|_______|______|_______|_______|________|_______|_________
               1               |   2   |   3   |  4   |   5   |   6   |   7    |   8   |    9
_______________________________|_______|_______|______|_______|_______|________|_______|_________
        1982 graduates         |       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math,|       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
  .5 Comp., & 2 F.L.\2\ .......|   2.0 |   2.2 |  1.8 |   2.4 |   0.9 |    0.6 |   5.6 |     0.1
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math,|       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
  & .5 Comp.\3\ ...............|   2.9 |   3.6 |  2.3 |   3.4 |   1.3 |    0.9 |   6.6 |     0.1
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math,|       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
  & 2 F.L. ....................|   9.2 |   8.8 |  9.6 |  10.5 |   5.3 |    3.7 |  17.1 |     5.7
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math |  14.0 |  14.8 | 13.3 |  15.5 |  11.6 |    6.5 |  21.3 |     6.5
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 2 Sci., 2 Math |  31.5 |  31.6 | 31.5 |  32.5 |  31.7 |   25.2 |  34.3 |    35.7
                               |       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
        1987 graduates         |       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math,|       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
  & .5 Comp., & 2 F.L.\2\ .....|  12.1 |  13.0 | 11.4 |  12.8 |   7.8 |    6.4 |  25.6 |     2.8
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math,|       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
  & .5 Comp.\3\ ...............|  16.6 |  18.1 | 15.1 |  17.6 |  11.3 |    9.0 |  28.8 |    15.2
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math,|       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
  & 2 F.L. ....................|  20.6 |  20.2 | 20.9 |  21.4 |  15.0 |   12.9 |  42.6 |     5.8
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math |  27.9 |  28.8 | 27.1 |  29.2 |  22.0 |   17.6 |  48.8 |    26.6
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 2 Sci., 2 Math |  54.0 |  53.5 | 54.7 |  53.4 |  56.0 |   51.6 |  68.9 |    66.7
                               |       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
        1990 graduates         |       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math,|       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
  & .5 Comp., & 2 F.L. \2\.....|  18.3 |  18.1 | 18.4 |  18.9 |  15.5 |   18.2 |  23.9 |     7.8
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math,|       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
  & .5 Comp.\3\ ...............|  23.3 |  23.9 | 22.8 |  23.5 |  25.3 |   20.5 |  27.2 |    14.6
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math,|       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
  & 2 F.L. ....................|  30.3 |  29.2 | 31.3 |  32.0 |  23.3 |   25.8 |  43.7 |     9.9
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math |  38.8 |  39.2 | 38.4 |  39.8 |  39.5 |   30.3 |  48.8 |    20.9
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 2 Sci., 2 Math |  66.5 |  65.9 | 67.1 |  65.8 |  73.3 |   64.6 |  70.6 |    47.9
                               |       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
        1994 graduates         |       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math,|       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
  & .5 Comp., & 2 F.L. \2\.....|  25.3 |  23.5 | 26.9 |  26.5 |  19.5 |   27.7 |  36.3 |    12.9
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math,|       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
  & .5 Comp.\3\ ...............|  32.0 |  31.1 | 32.9 |  33.5 |  28.2 |   31.1 |  40.2 |    25.5
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math,|       |       |      |       |       |        |       |
  & 2 F.L. ....................|  39.1 |  35.1 | 42.9 |  41.6 |  30.2 |   36.3 |  51.2 |    22.5
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 3 Sci., 3 Math |  49.8 |  47.5 | 51.9 |  52.7 |  45.0 |   41.2 |  56.1 |    46.0
4 Eng., 3 S.S., 2 Sci., 2 Math |  74.6 |  72.2 | 76.9 |  75.5 |  76.7 |   77.5 |  73.1 |    77.0
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\1\Eng. = English; S.S. = social studies; Sci. = science; Comp. = computer science; and F.L. = foreign language.
\2\The National Commission on Excellence in Education recommended that all college-bound high school students take these courses as a minimum.
\3\The National Commission on Excellence in Education recommended that all high school students take these courses as a minimum.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, The 1994 High School Transcript Study Tabulations: Comparative Data on Credits Earned and Demographics for 1994, 1990, 1987, and 1982 High School Graduates, 1996. (This table was prepared October 1996.)


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