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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 39


Indicator 39. Extracurricular Activities


Percent of high school seniors who participate in selected school-sponsored extracurricular activities: 1972, 1980, and 1992

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                          |     Academic    |   Honorary      |    Student      |  Newspaper or
    Student and school    |     clubs       |   societies     |   government    |    yearbook
     characteristics      |-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------
                          |1972 |1980 |1992 |1972 |1980 |1992 |1972 |1980 |1992 |1972 |1980 |1992
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All seniors .............. 25.6  23.8  25.1  14.4  17.1  18.5  19.4  18.5  15.4  20.2  19.9  18.8
  Male ................... 20.3  19.0  22.8  10.7  13.8  14.4  18.1  15.8  13.1  14.7  15.4  14.0
  Female ................. 30.9  28.3  27.4  18.1  20.1  22.7  20.8  21.0  17.7  25.5  24.0  23.5

Race/ethnicity
  White .................. 25.0  22.9  25.8  15.1  17.8  19.6  19.2  17.7  15.4  20.4  20.1  19.7
  Black .................. 33.1  28.8  20.6  11.7  13.7  14.0  25.3  23.1  16.7  20.7  17.8  14.3
  Hispanic ............... 24.2  24.7  22.6  10.2  11.9  12.4  16.0  16.7  14.6  16.2  15.8  16.8
  Asian .................. 26.6  29.6  32.3  23.6  23.4  27.2  24.9  23.6  14.6  16.2  21.4  18.9

Math and reading composite
 test performance quartile
  Lowest ................. 24.6  23.5  18.1   4.8   6.1   5.6  13.9  12.0  10.8  16.6  14.6  12.0
  Middle two quartiles ... 24.3  23.3  23.3  10.1  12.6  11.1  18.4  17.6  14.4  18.7  18.7  17.1
  Highest ................ 29.0  27.1  37.1  33.7  36.3  42.2  27.4  25.4  20.2  26.7  27.1  27.9

Socioeconomic status\1\
  Low .................... 24.4  22.6  19.4  10.3  11.1  10.2  14.0  13.3  11.5  17.6  15.7  14.2
  Middle  ................ 25.2  23.8  24.5  13.2  16.3  16.8  18.6  18.0  15.2  20.2  19.2  17.5
  High  .................. 27.7  25.7  31.7  21.2  25.1  29.7  26.6  25.2  19.6  22.8  25.3  25.5

High school program
  General ................ 21.2  19.6  18.3   8.1   9.6   9.1  15.1  14.4  11.0  17.1  16.7  14.6
  Academic ............... 29.6  28.7  34.2  22.3  29.0  30.9  26.0  26.7  21.6  24.3  26.9  24.9
  Vocational ............. 23.8  23.1  14.7   7.3   8.9   5.8  11.9  11.5   8.9  16.0  13.2  11.2
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/1/ Socioeconomic status was measured by a composite score on parental education and occupations, and family income. The "low" SES group is the lowest quartile; the "middle" SES group is the middle two quartiles; and the "high" SES group is the upper quartile.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Longitudinal Study of 1972, "Base Year" survey; High School and Beyond, "1980 Senior Cohort;" and National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, "Second Followup" survey.

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