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Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008

NCES 2008-084
September 2008

Table 4.7.  Percentage of high school graduates who completed advanced academic courses, by school subject and race/ethnicity: 2004

Race/ethnicity Science1 Mathematics2 English3 Foreign
Total 68.4 50.0 32.7 34.5  
White 70.7 54.3 35.4 37.2  
Black 63.0 41.7 23.9 19.6  
Hispanic 60.2 34.3 24.9 32.8  
Asian/Pacific Islander 83.7 69.1 43.1 50.5  
American Indian/Alaska Native 47.8 21.8 21.2 15.1 !
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Includes students who completed courses in chemistry I, physics I, chemistry II, physics II, or advanced biology.
2 Includes students who completed precalculus, calculus, or other courses labeled as "advanced," such as trigonometry.
3 Includes students who completed more honors courses than "below grade level" courses.
4 Foreign language coursetaking based upon classes in Amharic (Ethiopian), Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese or Mandarin), Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek (Classical or Modern), Hawaiian, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Norse (Norwegian), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, or Yiddish. Some graduates also studied more than one foreign language. Graduates who had completed courses in different languages were counted according to the highest level course completed.
NOTE: Students classified at any particular level need not have taken courses at a lower level and may have taken more than one course at that level. For more detailed descriptions of these categories, see Supplemental Note 12 in The Condition of Education, 2007. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, The Condition of Education, 2007 (NCES 2007-064), based on U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002/04), "High School Transcript Study."