ERIC Number: ED311831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Changes in Educational Attainment: A Comparison among 1972, 1980, and 1982 High School Seniors. Survey Report.
Data from the National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972 and both cohorts of the 1980 High School and Beyond study were used to analyze trends in postsecondary educational attainment since 1972. The report contains information on educational attainment beyond high school and group differences by sex, high school type, race or ethnic group, socioeconomic status, and ability quartile. Highlights include the following: overall postsecondary attainment declined for the 1980 and 1982 high school seniors, relative to 1972 seniors. Half of the 1972 class, one-quarter of the 1980 class, and one-fifth of the 1982 class attained a postsecondary diploma, certificate, or degree within 4 years of leaving high school. About three-fifths of the 1972 class and two-fifths of the 1980 class attained a diploma within 6 years of leaving high school. Most students earning diplomas did so within the first 7 years after high school. Male 1972 seniors were more likely than females to attain a diploma, and male 1980 and 1982 seniors were less likely to attain a diploma within 4 or 6 years. Private school students were more likely to attain some postsecondary diploma, certificate, or degree, than public school counterparts. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972