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Document Number: 6513

A Profile of the American High School Senior in 2004: A First Look - The profile presented in this report examines four factors: (1) tested achievement, (2) educational aspirations, (3) most important factors in choosing a college, and (4) life goals or values. The data on these indicators are examined by a number of student demographic characteristics – native language, socioeconomic status and parents’ education – as well as other characteristics, including highest math coursework and students' educational expectations. Of the sample 3 million high school seniors, 45.5% reported completing trigonometry, pre-calculus or calculus. The largest segment, 35.5%, expected to earn a graduate or professional degree, while another 33.5% expected to earn a bachelor’s degree. Only 8.3% of students who had completed trigonometry, pre-calculus or calculus scored at the highest level of math proficiency. (Steven J. Ingels, Michael Planty and Robert Bozick, National Center for Education Statistics, October 2005)...

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