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Table 9. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders' beliefs in their ability to complete bachelor's degree, by family characteristics: 2009

Characteristic Definitely   Probably   Probably Not   Definitely Not
         
Total 2.8 8.7 27.2 61.3
                 
Parent's or guardian's race/ethnicity1
White, non-Hispanic 51.0 41.5 6.1 1.4
Black, non-Hispanic 54.2 40.3 4.2 ! 1.3
Hispanic 40.3 47.5 10.3 ! 1.8 !
Asian, non-Hispanic 58.7 38.4 2.9 ! ‡ 
All other races, non-Hispanic 49.8 43.6 5.3 1.3 !
 
Parent's marital status2
Married 50.9 41.6 6.1 1.4
Not married 45.5 44.8 8.0 1.7
 
Family income in 2008
$0 to $35,000 39.1 48.9 10.0 2.0
$35,001 to 75,000 47.8 43.5 6.8 1.8
$75,001 to 115,000 55.0 39.4 4.8 0.9
$115,001 or more 64.8 32.5 2.2 0.5
 
Parent's or guardian's education3
High school, GED, or less 40.1 47.7 9.8 2.3
Associate's degree 45.8 46.4 6.3 1.5
Bachelor's degree 59.3 36.6 3.7 0.4 !
Graduate/professional degree 66.1 31.8 1.8 0.4 !
 
Home language4
English 51.2 41.3 6.0 1.5
Non-English 44.4 46.2 8.0 1.4 !
! 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 Parent's or guardian's race/ethnicity is the race/ethnicity of the interviewed parent or guardian. 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 marital status of the interviewed parent/guardian only. Not married includes divorced, separated, never married, or widowed.
3 Parent's or guardian's education is the highest level of education attained by either the studentís mother, father, or guardian; if data is available for only one parent or guardian, the educational attainment of that parent or guardian is used.
4 Home language asks whether there is a language other than English regularly spoken in the student's home. Responses of "yes" are coded as non-English.
NOTE: Totals are weighted by W1STUDENT and other estimates are weighted by W1PARENT. Totals may not fall within the range of categorical values due to missing data. Details may not sum to 100 percent due to rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), Base-Year.


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