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Tables: Secondary/High School


Table H176. Percentage of public high school graduates who earned any credits and minimum numbers of credits in each curricular and subject area: 1992, 2004, and 2013
Curricular and subject area Earned any
credits
  Earned at least
1 credit
  Earned at least
2 credits
  Earned at least
3 credits
 
1992   2004   2013   1992   2004   2013   1992   2004   2013   1992   2004   2013  
Academic 100.0   100.0   100.0   100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1
Core academic 100.0   100.0   100.0   100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1 100.0 1
English 100.0   100.0   100.0   100.0 1 99.8   99.9   99.8   99.3   99.8   98.5   96.3   97.2  
Mathematics 99.9   99.9   99.9   99.9   99.9   99.9   98.3   98.4   99.4   77.2   85.4   92.2  
Science 99.9   99.8   99.9   99.7   99.8   99.7   95.5   95.9   97.8   60.9   77.6   86.4  
Social studies 100.0 1 99.8   99.9   100.0 1 99.7   99.9   99.1   98.7   98.9   86.6   91.5   92.6  
Fine arts 75.6   84.4   85.9   66.6   76.3   78.9   36.7   46.0   44.7   22.3   28.6   26.9  
Foreign languages 75.6   83.8   87.3   72.9   81.1   85.2   56.7   65.4   68.8   24.3   28.7   28.8  
                                                 
Career and technical education (CTE) 94.5   91.6   88.0   87.9   83.9   80.7   67.4   63.5   58.3   47.3   44.0   38.9  
Agriculture and natural resources 9.4   11.4   14.3   7.3   8.9   11.0   4.2   4.7   5.0   2.4   2.4   2.6  
Business, finance, and marketing 76.8   60.0   43.3   59.3   41.8   30.2   29.4   15.5   9.6   14.1   6.4   4.1  
Business management 20.1   16.6   13.6   11.4   9.3   8.2   1.5   1.4   1.6   0.4   0.3   0.4  
Finance 19.6   9.7   10.1   17.0   7.4   6.4   3.2   1.2   1.3   0.3 ! 0.1 ! 0.2 !
Marketing 7.6   9.8   8.8   5.6   6.5   6.1   2.5   2.6   1.7   1.4   1.2   0.6  
Office support 68.5   46.6   24.8   45.3   25.5   15.1   12.7   4.8   1.7   4.6   1.2   0.4 !
Communication and communication technologies 23.7   30.3   28.6   15.3   20.5   19.2   4.9   6.6   5.4   1.6   2.5   1.8  
Computer and information sciences 18.2   25.7   20.3   9.4   15.3   13.6   1.3   4.1   2.7   0.2   1.2   0.9  
Construction 12.1   11.5   10.5   8.1   7.5   7.4   3.4   3.0   3.0   1.8   1.6   1.5  
Consumer services 20.0   23.9   21.5   9.3   13.3   13.7   3.3   4.4   4.8   2.0   2.1   2.2  
Child and elder care 11.2   11.2   7.1   4.0   5.1   3.5   1.5   1.5   0.7   0.8   0.6   0.2 !
Cosmetology 1.0   0.9   1.3   0.9   0.9   1.2   0.9   0.7   0.8   0.7   0.5   0.7  
Hospitality services 7.1   11.4   13.1   2.6   4.9   7.9   0.6   1.4   2.7   0.3   0.5   1.0  
Textiles and furnishings 4.0   4.8   3.3   0.8   1.9   1.4   0.1 ! 0.1 ! 0.1 ! 0.1 !    
Engineering, design, and production 26.0   27.0   21.5   20.3   20.2   16.2   8.7   7.4   6.3   4.4   3.4   3.2  
Engineering and design 13.3   13.6   12.9   9.6   9.5   9.8   3.0   2.5   3.2   1.2   1.0   1.6  
Manufacturing and technology 16.8   18.1   11.4   12.4   12.6   7.7   4.7   3.7   2.5   2.5   1.6   1.1  
Health care 4.4   9.1   11.4   2.2   5.1   8.7   1.4   2.3   4.0   0.6   1.3   2.1  
Mechanical repair and operation 9.5   8.7   6.5   5.7   5.7   4.4   2.8   2.6   2.1   1.8   1.4   1.4  
Public services 2.4   5.9   13.1   0.9   3.0   9.1   0.2   0.5   2.4   0.1 ! 0.1 ! 1.0  
Education 1.0   2.5   3.7   0.5   1.3   3.1   0.1 ! 0.2 ! 1.3       0.5 !
Public safety and administration 1.4   3.4   9.6   0.4   1.8   6.1   0.1 ! 0.3 ! 1.0       0.5  
                                                 
Other 99.6   99.9   99.8   98.7   99.1   99.2   86.2   89.3   92.1   61.8   70.3   74.9  
CTE-related 53.2   50.4   45.3   32.1   29.9   26.7   11.1   9.8   7.3   4.0   3.6   2.2  
Family and consumer sciences education 43.9   38.5   37.0   25.4   20.1   20.0   6.9   4.6   4.6   1.8   1.2   1.0  
Career exploration 16.2   22.4   15.5   7.2   10.1   7.2   2.9   3.1   1.4   1.4   1.6   0.6  
Non-CTE-related 99.6   99.8   99.8   97.9   98.4   98.7   77.3   83.5   87.6   44.9   57.9   65.5  
Religious education 1.8   1.5   2.1   1.2 ! 0.9   1.3   0.4   0.4   0.4   0.1   0.1   0.1 !
Physical and health education 99.2   99.0   98.2   95.8   94.6   94.0   62.7   63.1   63.7   25.5   27.7   27.6  
Military sciences 2.4   5.2   6.7   2.0   4.7   5.6   1.2   3.1   3.3   0.9   2.1   2.1  
Computer literacy 29.2   23.6   23.3   8.3   9.9   12.0   0.3   0.5   1.1   # !   0.1 !
Miscellaneous 31.2   55.0   64.5   18.6   39.0   50.2   5.5   15.7   24.6   2.5   7.2   13.4  
                                                 
CTE and CTE-related 97.1   94.8   92.0   91.6   89.1   85.8   75.7   72.8   67.4   59.2   54.7   48.8  
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error is between 30 and 50 percent of the estimate.
‡ Reporting standards not met. The standard error is greater than 50 percent of the estimate.
1 Rounds to 100.
NOTE: Public high school graduates are defined as students who graduated from a public high school with an honors or standard diploma by August 31 of their scheduled graduation year (1992, 2004, or 2013). The table includes only graduates who had a complete grade 9–12 transcript, defined as one that recorded at least 16 Carnegie units (a Carnegie unit is a credit hour, i.e., the equivalent of a course taken every school day, one period per day, for a full school year), with a positive, nonzero number of units completed in English. See https://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ctes/xls/SSCT2018.xls for the taxonomy used to define subject areas.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88), Second Follow-up and High School Transcript File; Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002), First Follow-up and High School Transcript File; and High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), Base-year, 2013 Update, and High School Transcript File.