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Chapter 3: Student Behaviors and Afterschool Activities

Indicator 16: School-Sponsored and Non-School-Sponsored Activities

As of 2009, thirteen percent of 9th-grade students had participated in at least one math- or science-related school-sponsored activity in the previous year. No measurable differences in the percentage of students who participated were found between males and females, either overall or by race/ethnicity.

As of 2009, thirteen percent of 9th-grade students had participated in at least one math- or science-related school-sponsored activity in the previous year, and 4 percent had participated in more than one of these activities. Specifically, 10 percent of students reported participation in a math-related school-sponsored activity, and 6 percent reported participation in a science-related school-sponsored activity. No measurable differences in the percentage of students who participated in at least one activity were found between males and females, either overall or by race/ethnicity. A higher percentage of Asian 9th-grade students participated in at least one math- or science-related school-sponsored activity (22 percent) than did their White, Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/ Alaska Native peers or their peers of two or more races (between 12 and 15 percent). This overall racial/ethnic pattern was also observed among males and females.

As of 2009, eighty-six percent of 9th-grade students had participated in at least one non-school-sponsored activity in the previous year, and 62 percent had participated in more than one. These non-school-sponsored activities included the performing arts, namely music, art, dance, or theater (35 percent); organized sports (55 percent); religious youth group or religious instruction (51 percent); scouting or other youth organization (23 percent); academic instruction (18 percent); math or science camp (4 percent); and other camps (24 percent). No measurable differences in the percentage of students who participated in at least one activity were found between males and females, either overall or by race/ethnicity. A higher percentage of White 9th-grade students participated in at least one non-school-sponsored activity than did their Black, Hispanic, Asian, and American Indian/ Alaska Native peers (90 percent vs. between 77 and 85 percent). The percentage of students of two or more races who participated in at least one non-school-sponsored activity (87 percent) was not measurably different from the percentage of Whites doing so. Differences by race/ ethnicity in the percentage of students who participated in non-school-sponsored activities were also found among male and female students. Among males, higher percentages of Whites and persons of two or more races (89 percent each) participated in these activities than did their Hispanic (78 percent) and Asian (79 percent) peers; the percentage who participated was also higher for Blacks (87 percent) than for Hispanics. Among females, a higher percentage of Whites (90 percent) than Blacks (83 percent), Hispanics (75 percent), and persons of two or more races (85 percent) participated in these activities; the percentages who participated were also higher for Blacks, Asians (85 percent), and persons of two or more races than for Hispanics.

Technical Notes

School-sponsored activities are defined as activities that are provided by the school. Data on school-sponsored activities are based on student responses; data on non-school-sponsored activities are based on parent responses. Student reports about school-sponsored activities refer to the period "since the beginning of the last school year," which for most of these students was 8th grade, or the fall of 2008. Parent reports about non-school-sponsored activities refer to the last 12 months.

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Figure 16-1 Percentage of 9th-grade students participating in at least one math- or science-related school-sponsored activity, by race/ethnicity and sex: 2009

Figure 16-2 Percentage of 9th-grade students participating in at least one non-school-sponsored activity, by race/ ethnicity and sex: 2009

Table E-16-1 Percentage of 9th-grade students participating in math- and science-related school-sponsored activities, by sex and race/ethnicity: 2009

Table E-16-2 Percentage of 9th-grade students participating in various non-school-sponsored activities, by sex and race/ethnicity: 2009


  
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