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Table 3. Percentage distribution of 2003–2004 high school seniors who intended to pursue a STEM major upon beginning postsecondary study, by educational expectation in 2006 and selected student and family characteristics: 2006

  Educational expectation in 2006
Characteristic Some College     Bachelor's degree   Graduate/
professional
degree
  Don't know    
Total 9.9     33.3   51.7   5.0    
                     
Sex                    
Female 6.6     26.1   61.4   6.0    
Male 11.2     36.1   47.8   4.6    
                     
Race/ethnicity1                    
White, non-Hispanic 10.2     33.9   49.8   5.8    
Black, non-Hispanic 8.4     31.1   56.8   3.8 !  
Hispanic 15.8     38.6   41.7      
Asian, non-Hispanic 5.4 !   25.0   64.4   5.2    
All other races, non-Hispanic 4.5 !   33.3   61.6      
                     
Family socio-economic status                    
Lowest quartile 12.8     38.6   44.9   3.7 !  
Second quartile 19.6     36.0   36.6   7.8    
Third quartile 10.3     35.7   46.8   6.4    
Highest quartile 3.7     28.5   64.7   3.1    
                     
Native language2                    
English 9.9     33.2   51.5   5.2    
Non-English 10.4     34.1   51.7   3.7 !  
                     
Mathematics acheievement quartile                    
Lowest quartile 24.6     36.7   27.5   9.1    
Second quartile 21.8     37.6   36.8   3.9 !  
Third quartile 11.8     35.6   48.8   3.9    
Highest quartile 2.8     30.5   61.6   5.1    
                     
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 30 percent or more of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards are not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 50 percent or more of the estimate).
1 Black, non-Hispanic includes African American. Hispanic includes Latino. All other races, non-Hispanic includes American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Two or more races..
2 The first language the student learned to speak.
NOTE: High school or less column not shown: reporting standards not met or percentages round to zero in all cases. Totals are weighted by F2QWT and other estimates are weighted by F2F1WT. The flag variable G12COHRT was used to produce data that are based on 2003-2004 high school seniors interviewed in both 2004 and 2006. Details may not sum to 100 percent due to rounding or because the high school or less column is not included.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS: 2002) Second Follow-up, 2006."


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