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Plans of High School Graduates: Class of 1995

May 1996

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to issue our annual publication, Plans of High School Graduates: Class of 1995. Its release at this time, earlier than in prior years, continues our effort to publish reports in a more timely manner.

This report provides information about the plans of students who graduated from Massachusetts public high schools in 1995. This information is one of several educational indicators we report in order to provide a more complete view of schools and school districts. It will be helpful to schools in determining how well they are meeting the needs of their students. It will also be useful to institutions and organizations which provide services to high school graduates, such as post-secondary institutions, employment training organizations, and social service agencies.

The percentage of graduates planning to continue their education at a two- or four-year college continues to increase. Of the 47,679 graduates of the Class of 1995, 71.2 percent planned to go on to a two- or four-year college. This represents an increase of 0.7 of a percentage point between 1994 and 1995, and a jump of 22.0 percentage points since 1975, the first year of the survey. The percentage of students planning to attend public four-year colleges (23.0 percent) and private four-year colleges (29.9 percent) are at record highs.

The importance of a college education was highlighted in a report issued by the University of Massachusetts last December. That report predicted that by the year 2010, approximately 400,000 jobs in the state requiring a college degree will go unfilled due to a lack of skilled workers. Of course, all students eventually must be ready to enter the world of work. I am confident that the Education Reform Act of 1993, with its higher standards for both students and teachers, will strengthen the opportunities for Massachusetts high school graduates to obtain challenging and productive jobs, or to enter higher education, in the years ahead.

I would like to acknowledge the Accountability and Evaluation Service Cluster of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for developing this report. If you have any questions or suggestions about the report, please contact:

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Accountability and Evaluation Services
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 338-3000

Sincerely,

Robert V. Antonucci
Commissioner of Education




Plans of High School Graduates: The Class of 1995

A total of 47,679 students graduated from Massachusetts public schools in 1995. Of these graduates, 71.2 percent planned to attend a two- or four-year college, 2.5 percent planned to attend some other post-secondary institution, 17.4 percent planned to work and 2.8 percent planned to enter the military (Figure 1 and Table 1).

A higher percentage of students planning to attend college expected to attend a public college than a private one. Of the total number of graduates, 36.8 percent planned to attend a public two- or four-year college, and 34.4 percent planned to attend a private two- or four-year college. Of those planning to attend a four-year college, more expected to attend a private one than a public one (29.9 versus 23.0 percent), and of students planning to attend a two-year college, over three times as many expected to attend a public college that a private one (13.8 verses 4.5 percent).




Table 1. Plans of High School Graduates: Class of 1995

 Number
of
Grads
#
2 YR
Pub
Coll
%
4 YR
Pub
Coll
%
2 YR
Priv
Coll
%
4 YR
Priv
Coll
%
Other
Post
Secndy
%
Mili-
tary

%
Work


%
Other


%
Data
Not
Available


%
Total 47,679 13.8 23.0 4.5 29.9 2.5 2.8 17.4 3.8 2.3
Gender
Male23,362 12.8 21.43.426.9 3.1 4.8 21.1 4.0 2.5
Female 24,317 14.8 24.5 5.5 32.7 2.1 0.9 13.9 3.6 2.1
Racial/Ethnic Group
African American 3,278 15.2 17.4 8.0 22.4 4.7 2.7 14.0 8.8 6.8
Asian 1,804 9.7 24.2 4.3 43.3 2.2 0.8 7.6 4.7 3.2
Hispanic 2,699 23.7 14.7 6.5 12.5 4.0 3.3 22.3 7.9 5.1
Native American 54 25.9 16.7 3.7 14.8 7.4 9.3 18.5 1.9 1.9
White 39,844 13.2 23.9 4.0 31.1 2.3 2.9 17.8 3.1 1.7





Gender

A higher percentage of females (77.5 percent) than males (64.5 percent) planned to attend a two- or four-year college, while a higher percentage of males (21.1 percent) than females (13.9 percent) planned to work. Over five times as many males (4.8 percent) than females (0.9 percent) planned to enter the military.

Racial/Ethnic Groups

Asian graduates were more likely than graduates from other racial/ethnic groups to plan to attend a two- or four-year college. The percentage of Asian graduates (81.5 percent) planning to attend a two- or four-year college was higher than that of white graduates (72.2 percent), African-American graduates (63.0 percent), Native American graduates (61.1 percent), and Hispanic graduates (57.4 percent). Graduates of all ratial/ethnic groups, with the exception of Hispanic, were more likely to attend a four-year college that a two-year college. Hispanic graduates were more likely than graduates of other racial/ethnic groups to enter the work force, and Native American graduates were most likely to enter the military.

Trends Over Time

The percentage of graduates planning to attend a two- or four-year college increased by 0.7 percentage points between 1994 and 1995 and by 22.0 percentage points between 1975 and 1995 (Table 2 and Figure 2). The percentage of graduates planning to attend a four-year college increased by 1.0 percentage point between 1994 and 1995, while the percentage planning to attend a two-year college decreased by 0.3 percentage point. Between 1975 and 1994, the percentage of graduates planning to attend a four-year college increased by 19.0 percentage points, while the percentage planning to attend a two-year college increased by 3.0 percentage points.

As the percentage points of graduates planning to attend college has increased, the percentages of graduates planning immediately to work, attend a non-college post-secondary institution or enter the military have in general decreased. The percentage of graduates planning to go from high school directly to work increased by 0.4 percentage points between 1975 and 1995. The percentage of graduates planning to attend a non-college post-secondary institution decreased by 0.3 percentage point between 1994 and 1995 and decreased by 3.1 percentage points between 1975 and 1995. The percentage of graduates planning to enter the military decreased by 0.1 percentage point between 1994 and 1995 and by 1.2 percentage points since 1975.

Technical Information

Data about the plans of high school graduates were obtained from the Year-End School Indicator Report for 1994-95, a survey of Massachusetts public schoolsconducted by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at the end of every school year. School officials report the number of graduating students by gender and race across nine catergories of post-graduation plans.

High schools reported in the table Distribution of High School Graduates - Class of 1995 at the end of this report are classified as follows:

  • academic high schools offer general and college preparatory courses
  • vocational high schools offer Chapter 74 approved vocational-technical education programs
  • comprehensive high schools offer academic courses and at least five Chapter 74 approved occupational education programs

Figure 2. Plans of High School Graduates: 1975 - 1995



Table 2. Plans of High School Graduates: 1975-1995

 Number
of
Grads
#
2 YR
Pub
Coll
%
4 YR
Pub
Coll
%
2 YR
Priv
Coll
%
4 YR
Priv
Coll
%
Other
Post
Secndy
%
Mili-
tary

%
Work


%
Other


%
Data
Not
Available


%
1995 47,679 13.8 23.0 4.5 29.9 2.5 2.8 17.4 3.8 2.3
1994 47,453 14.1 22.7 4.5 29.2 2.8 2.9 17.0 4.2 2.7
1993 48,394 14.2 21.7 5.0 28.5 2.8 3.2 17.4 4.4 2.9
1992 50,323 14.8 21.4 4.7 27.5 3.2 3.4 17.9 4.1 2.8
1991 50,216 14.9 22.7 4.6 24.6 3.9 3.4 19.2 3.6 3.2
1990 51,496 15.1 20.7 5.2 24.3 3.8 3.0 21.6 3.9 2.3
1989 57,328 14.5 21.0 5.3 23.2 3.7 2.9 23.6 3.7 2.2
1988 59,515 13.5 21.4 4.9 23.7 3.9 3.1 24.5 2.8 2.4
1987 59,552 12.4 20.7 5.0 22.4 4.1 3.4 24.9 3.7 3.5
1986 61,261 10.9 20.5 5.2 21.9 4.6 3.5 27.9 3.2 2.4
1985 63,411 10.5 19.8 5.0 21.7 4.7 4.0 28.0 4.5 1.9
1984 65,885 10.3 18.5 4.9 22.0 4.7 4.1 28.6 4.3 2.6
1983 71,225 10.7 18.3 4.9 20.4 5.4 4.6 28.9 4.5 2.6
1982 74,299 10.9 18.1 4.8 20.3 5.5 4.3 29.7 4.1 2.5
1981 74,876 10.9 18.7 4.4 19.5 5.3 4.0 30.4 4.7 2.1
1980 73,802 10.1 18.2 4.4 20.3 5.7 4.0 31.1 4.0 2.3
1979 76,391 10.2 17.2 4.3 19.5 5.4 3.5 32.8 4.7 2.4
1978 78,348 10.2 17.2 4.0 19.3 5.2 3.8 32.2 5.0 3.1
1977 72,393 11.0 16.5 4.2 19.3 5.5 4.2 31.8 4.8 2.7
1976 75,386 10.7 15.6 4.5 18.4 5.7 4.0 30.8 6.6 3.7
1975 78,408 11.1 16.4 4.2 17.5 5.6 4.0 30.9 6.1 4.3


Distribution of High School Graduates - Class of 1995

Last Updated: July 28, 1996
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