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Table 1. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009–10 ninth–graders' educational expectations, by family characteristics: 2009

Student's expectation
Characteristic High school or less1    Some College 2    Bachelor's degree3    Graduate/professional degree4    Don't know  
Total  14.7   7.3   17.2   39.1   21.7  
                     
Parent's or guardian's race/ethnicity5                     
White, non-Hispanic 10.6   7.0   20.4   41.8   20.2  
Black, non-Hispanic 16.4   5.9   15.9   46.0   15.6  
Hispanic 18.6   7.9   16.0   32.9   24.5  
Asian, non-Hispanic 3.9   5.9   16.1   54.2   20.0  
All other races, non-Hispanic 15.8   8.2   12.5   40.4   23.1  
                     
Parent's marital status6                     
Married 11.2   6.8   19.1   42.9   20.1  
Not married 17.6   7.8   16.6   35.9   22.2  
                     
Family income in 2008                    
$0 - $35,000 22.2   9.0   14.2   32.6   22.0  
$35,001 - $75,000 11.8   7.5   20.1   38.3   22.4  
$75,001 - $115,000 8.0   6.5   20.7   46.9   18.0  
$115,001 or more 4.3   3.7   20.3   54.8   17.0  
                     
Parent's or guardian's education7                     
High school, GED, or less 19.2   9.4   16.4   32.3   22.7  
Associate's degree 14.7   7.6   18.2   38.6   21.0  
Bachelor's degree 5.7   5.0   23.4   46.8   19.0  
Graduate/professional degree 4.0   2.8   16.6   60.8   15.7  
                     
Home language8                     
English 11.9   7.0   19.5   42.0   22.3  
Non-English 16.2   7.3   14.9   38.2   23.4  
                     
1 High school or less includes high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED). GED is an alternative path to attaining a high school credential.
2 Some college includes the start or completion of an Associate's degree, or the start but not completion of a Bachelor's degree.
3 Bachelor's degree also includes the start but not completion of a Master's degree.
4 Graduate/professional degree includes completion of a Master's degree, as well as the start or completion of a Ph.D., M.D., law degree, or other high level professional degree.
5 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. Parent's or guardian's race/ethnicity is the race/ethnicity of the interviewed parent or guardian.
6 The marital status of the interviewed parent/guardian only. Not married includes divorced, separated, never married, or widowed.
7 Parent's or guardian's education is the highest level of education attained by either the studentís mother, father, or guardian; if data are available for only one parent or guardian, the educational attainment of that parent or guardian.
8 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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