ERIC Number: ED480674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Path to a Postsecondary Credential. NCES Issue Brief.
This brief examines racial/ethnic differences in educational attainment, tracking student progress from high school to a postsecondary credential and examining where in this path racial/ethnic differences arise. It uses data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, "Fourth Follow-up, 2000, which tracks students who were in 8th grade in 1988 and were 8 years beyond their expected high school graduation in 2000. The brief first examines three milestones that are traditional indicators of student progress: on-time attainment of a regular high school diploma, enrollment in a postsecondary institution within a year following high school graduation, and attainment of a postsecondary credential within the scheduled time frame. Overall, 23 percent of all Asians who were in eighth grade in 1988 completed a postsecondary credential through the traditional path, compared to 15 percent of all whites, 4 percent of all blacks, and 4 percent of all Hispanics. The brief also examines student progress through high school and postsecondary education as of 2000 to show how the flexibility within the U.S. educational system affects progress. Results suggest that nontraditional paths do seem to help reduce or eliminate some racial/ethnic attainment differences. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Asian American Students, Black Students, College Bound Students, Educational Attainment, Ethnicity, Graduation, Hispanic American Students, Nontraditional Education, Postsecondary Education, Racial Differences, Secondary Education, Statistical Data, White Students
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.