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Table 14. Percentage distribution of parents' beliefs in their ninth-grader's ability to complete a bachelor's degree in academic year 2009-10, by parental involvement and student activities outside of school: 2009

Involvement or activites Definitely   Probably   Probably Not   Definitely Not
         
Total 75.0 21.0 3.2 0.8
                 
Parental school involvement1
No activities 54.0 40.1 5.5 0.4 !
1 or 2 activities 70.0 24.9 4.0 1.1
3 or 4 activities 75.7 20.1 2.9 1.2
5 or more activities 82.0 15.3 2.4 0.3 !
 
Parental cognitive stimulation/learning activities2
No activities 38.7 50.9 8.2 ! 2.3 !
1 or 2 activities 65.6 28.3 4.5 1.7 !
3 or 4 activities 73.5 21.5 4.1 0.9
5 or more activities 80.8 16.9 1.8 0.4
 
Activities outside of school in which 9th grader participated3
No activities 59.2 32.0 6.7 2.2 !
1 or 2 activities 74.6 21.5 3.2 0.7
3 or 4 activities 82.2 15.7 1.8 0.3 !
5 or more activities 83.2 15.3 0.8 !
! 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 Parental school involvement was constructed by counting seven variables that describe the participation of the parent/guardian or other adult in the household in the following activities since the beginning of 2009-2010 school year: attending a general school meeting; attending a meeting of the parent-teacher organization; going to a scheduled parent-teacher conference; attending a school/class event, such as a play, dance, sports event, or science fair; serving as a volunteer with student's class; participating in school fundraising; or meeting with a school counselor. Only parents/guardians who provided a response for all activities are included.
2 Parental cognitive stimulation/learning activities was constructed by counting eight variables that describe activities that the parent/guardian or another family member has done with their 9th graders: visiting a zoo, planetarium, museum, etc; working or playing on a computer together; building or fixing something such as a car or appliance; attending a school science fair; helping with a science fair project; discussing a program or article about math, science, or technology; visiting a library; or going to a play, concert, or live show. Only parents/guardians who provided a response for all activities are included.
3 Activities outside of school that the 9th grader participated was constructed by counting seven variables that describe activities in which the 9th grader participated: music, dance, art, or theater; organized sports; religious youth group/instruction; scouting or another group/club activity; outside academic instruction such as Saturday academy, learning center, private tutor; a math or science camp; or another camp. Only parents/guardians who provided a response for all activities are included.
NOTE: Totals are weighted by W1STUDENT and other estimates are weighted by W1PARENT. 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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