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Table 2. Percentage distribution of parents' educational expectations for their ninth–graders in academic year 2009–10, by family characteristics: 2009

Parent's expectation for their ninth–grader
Characteristic High school or less1      Some College 2    Bachelor's degree3    Graduate/professional degree4    Don't know  
Total  9.7     10.1   28.8   39.9   11.5  
                       
Parent's or guardian's race/ethnicity5                       
White, non-Hispanic 9.2     10.8   33.9   37.0   9.3  
Black, non-Hispanic 9.1     8.5   20.8   49.0   12.6  
Hispanic 11.7     9.6   20.2   41.5   17.1  
Asian, non-Hispanic 1.6 !   5.2   30.3   52.9   10.0  
All other races, non-Hispanic 10.7     13.6   26.3   36.7   12.6  
                       
Parent's marital status6                       
Married 8.2     9.2   31.2   41.5   10.0  
Not married 13.2     12.4   23.0   36.4   14.9  
                       
Family income in 2008                      
$0 - $35,000 16.9     12.2   19.7   34.3   17.0  
$35,001 - $75,000 9.1     12.0   30.7   36.8   11.4  
$75,001 - $115,000 4.9     8.4   36.4   43.1   7.3  
$115,001 or more 1.9     4.1   35.4   53.5   5.1  
                       
Parent's or guardian's education7                       
High school, GED, or less 16.6     12.8   21.2   32.4   17.0  
Associate's degree 5.8     13.8   34.5   37.2   8.8  
Bachelor's degree 3.1     5.7   42.4   43.6   5.3  
Graduate/professional degree 1.9     4.0   27.2   60.9   6.0  
                       
Home language8                       
English 9.3     10.8   31.2   38.4   10.3  
Non-English 9.6     7.8   21.6   45.8   15.2  
                       
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error represents more than 30 percent of the estimate.
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: All 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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