|Table H185. Average number of credits and percentage of total credits public high school graduates earned, by curricular and subject area: 2013|
|Curricular and subject area||Average number of
|Percent of total
|Total, all curricular areas1||26.68||100.0|
|Career and technical education (CTE)||2.60||9.6|
|Agriculture and natural resources||0.24||0.9|
|Business, finance, and marketing||0.56||2.1|
|Communication and communication technologies||0.34||1.3|
|Computer and information sciences||0.22||0.8|
|Child and elder care||0.06||0.2|
|Textiles and furnishings||0.02||0.1|
|Engineering, design, and production||0.33||1.2|
|Engineering and design||0.18||0.7|
|Manufacturing and technology||0.15||0.6|
|Mechanical repair and operation||0.11||0.4|
|Public safety and administration||0.10||0.4|
|Family and consumer sciences education||0.37||1.4|
|Physical and health education||2.27||8.6|
|CTE and CTE-related||3.11||11.5|
|1 Total credits are academic, CTE, and other credits. To avoid double counting, “CTE and CTE-related” credits are not included in total credits.
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 (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. The estimated total number of public high school graduates is 3,192,000, with a standard error of 31,300. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), Base-year, 2013 Update, and High School Transcript File.