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Table 170. Average National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science scale scores of 12th-graders with various educational goals and attitudes toward science, and percentage reporting these goals and attitudes, by selected student characteristics: 2009
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Student characteristic Educational goals1 Like science Take science only because required
Graduate high school Some education after high school Graduate college Go to graduate school Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
  Average scale score2 
All students 114 (1.9) 131 (1.3) 148 (0.6) 171 (1.0) 132 (1.3) 141 (0.9) 153 (0.9) 172 (1.1) 169 (1.1) 159 (0.9) 142 (0.9) 134 (1.0)
Sex                                                
Male 121 (2.6) 134 (1.8) 152 (0.8) 177 (1.3) 130 (1.7) 141 (1.4) 155 (1.2) 175 (1.3) 172 (1.4) 162 (1.2) 143 (1.2) 134 (1.3)
Female 103 (2.6) 127 (1.9) 143 (0.8) 166 (1.2) 133 (1.8) 141 (1.1) 150 (0.9) 169 (1.8) 165 (1.8) 156 (0.9) 140 (1.2) 134 (1.4)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 127 (2.1) 140 (1.6) 156 (0.7) 178 (1.0) 140 (1.6) 150 (1.1) 161 (0.9) 180 (1.0) 176 (1.1) 167 (0.8) 151 (1.0) 143 (1.4)
Black 89 (3.6) 107 (3.2) 124 (1.1) 144 (1.8) 113 (2.0) 120 (2.0) 128 (1.5) 142 (2.4) 140 (2.6) 135 (2.3) 121 (1.6) 115 (1.7)
Hispanic 106 (3.7) 122 (2.7) 136 (1.2) 154 (2.3) 123 (2.6) 127 (1.5) 135 (1.8) 157 (2.4) 152 (2.9) 143 (1.7) 128 (1.6) 125 (2.3)
Asian/Pacific Islander (†) (†) 154 (2.9) 181 (3.4) 141 (5.2) 149 (3.8) 166 (2.9) 188 (4.5) 181 (4.2) 171 (3.3) 154 (3.2) 141 (4.5)
American Indian/                                                
Alaska Native (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                                 
Eligibility for free or                                                
reduced-price lunch                                                
Eligible 105 (2.9) 120 (2.0) 134 (0.8) 151 (2.0) 120 (1.8) 125 (1.4) 135 (1.1) 152 (2.0) 147 (2.7) 142 (1.4) 127 (1.1) 121 (1.6)
Not eligible 122 (2.0) 138 (1.8) 153 (0.8) 176 (1.0) 137 (1.5) 148 (1.1) 159 (1.1) 179 (1.3) 175 (1.2) 165 (1.0) 148 (1.1) 140 (1.4)
Unknown (†) (†) 151 (2.4) 169 (3.5) 139 (3.1) 146 (3.6) 158 (2.9) 177 (3.8) 175 (3.6) 164 (3.3) 149 (2.6) 138 (3.3)
                                                 
Parents' highest level                                                
of education                                                
Did not finish high school 112 (3.7) 124 (2.8) 134 (1.5) 145 (3.1) 119 (2.7) 125 (2.5) 134 (2.0) 153 (3.5) 147 (3.1) 138 (2.5) 127 (2.3) 121 (2.2)
Graduated high school 109 (2.8) 129 (2.7) 141 (1.3) 158 (2.1) 124 (2.2) 132 (1.5) 141 (1.3) 158 (2.7) 149 (2.7) 149 (1.6) 133 (1.8) 126 (1.9)
Some education after                                                
high school 126 (4.0) 135 (2.2) 146 (0.9) 162 (2.1) 133 (1.5) 138 (1.2) 149 (1.2) 168 (1.7) 164 (2.3) 156 (1.3) 140 (1.1) 133 (1.7)
Graduated college 120 (3.9) 140 (2.4) 155 (0.8) 177 (0.9) 141 (1.7) 151 (1.3) 163 (1.0) 181 (1.3) 180 (1.3) 168 (1.0) 152 (1.0) 143 (1.2)
  Percent of students
All students 5 (0.3) 7 (0.3) 59 (0.7) 26 (0.8) 14 (0.4) 21 (0.4) 48 (0.5) 16 (0.3) 15 (0.4) 34 (0.5) 31 (0.4) 19 (0.4)
Sex                                                
Male 6 (0.4) 9 (0.4) 59 (0.8) 22 (0.8) 12 (0.5) 18 (0.5) 52 (0.7) 18 (0.5) 17 (0.5) 37 (0.6) 29 (0.7) 17 (0.5)
Female 4 (0.3) 6 (0.4) 58 (0.9) 31 (1.0) 16 (0.5) 25 (0.6) 45 (0.7) 14 (0.5) 14 (0.6) 31 (0.7) 33 (0.6) 21 (0.6)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 4 (0.3) 7 (0.3) 60 (0.7) 26 (0.8) 13 (0.5) 21 (0.5) 49 (0.7) 17 (0.5) 17 (0.5) 36 (0.6) 29 (0.6) 18 (0.5)
Black 6 (0.8) 6 (0.6) 60 (1.3) 25 (1.4) 20 (1.0) 23 (0.9) 43 (1.3) 14 (0.9) 11 (0.8) 28 (1.2) 33 (1.0) 28 (1.1)
Hispanic 7 (0.7) 12 (0.8) 59 (1.4) 18 (1.1) 13 (0.7) 24 (0.9) 49 (1.1) 14 (0.9) 12 (0.8) 31 (1.1) 38 (1.0) 19 (0.9)
Asian/Pacific Islander 3 (0.8) 2 (0.5) 42 (2.6) 50 (2.8) 9 (1.0) 18 (1.7) 55 (1.5) 18 (1.5) 19 (1.6) 40 (1.3) 28 (1.9) 13 (1.1)
American Indian/                                                
Alaska Native (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†) (†)
                                                 
Eligibility for free or                                                
reduced-price lunch                                                
Eligible 8 (0.5) 10 (0.6) 60 (1.2) 18 (1.1) 16 (0.7) 23 (0.9) 47 (1.0) 14 (0.6) 13 (0.7) 30 (0.8) 34 (0.7) 22 (0.8)
Not eligible 4 (0.3) 7 (0.4) 59 (0.8) 29 (0.9) 13 (0.4) 21 (0.5) 49 (0.6) 17 (0.4) 16 (0.5) 35 (0.6) 30 (0.6) 18 (0.5)
Unknown 2 (0.7) 4 (1.0) 56 (2.4) 35 (2.7) 13 (1.2) 21 (1.3) 48 (1.9) 18 (1.6) 16 (1.6) 36 (2.3) 29 (1.8) 19 (1.6)
                                                 
Parents' highest level                                                
of education                                                
Did not finish high school 11 (1.1) 13 (1.0) 53 (2.2) 16 (1.8) 19 (1.4) 22 (1.4) 47 (1.7) 13 (1.2) 13 (1.2) 30 (1.6) 35 (1.7) 23 (1.3)
Graduated high school 10 (0.6) 12 (0.8) 62 (1.4) 13 (1.0) 16 (0.8) 25 (1.0) 46 (1.2) 12 (0.7) 12 (0.7) 31 (1.3) 35 (1.1) 22 (1.1)
Some education after                                                
high school 4 (0.4) 9 (0.5) 65 (1.0) 20 (1.1) 15 (0.8) 22 (1.0) 48 (1.2) 15 (0.8) 14 (0.9) 33 (1.0) 32 (0.9) 21 (0.8)
Graduated college 2 (0.2) 4 (0.3) 56 (0.8) 37 (0.9) 12 (0.6) 19 (0.6) 50 (0.7) 19 (0.5) 18 (0.4) 37 (0.7) 28 (0.6) 17 (0.6)
†Not applicable.
‡Reporting standards not met (too few cases for a reliable estimate).
1 The educational goals columns exclude the 1 percent of students who reported that they would not finish high school and the 2 percent who reported that they did not know how much education they would complete.
2 Scale ranges from 0 to 300.
NOTE: Includes students tested with accommodations (7 percent of all 12th-graders); excludes only those students with disabilities and English language learners who were unable to be tested even with accommodations (3 percent of all 12th-graders). Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2009 Science Assessment, retrieved May 26, 2011, from the Main NAEP Data Explorer (http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/naepdata/). (This table was prepared May 2011.)
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