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Table 3. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009–10 ninth–graders' educational expectations, by family structure: 2009

Student's expectation
Family Structure 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  
                       
Size of household                      
Two or three 13.5   7.8     17.6   40.3   20.8  
Four or five 12.4   7.0     19.0   41.8   19.8  
Six or more 15.7   6.9     16.9   37.9   22.7  
                       
Parent's marital status                      
Two-parent household5  10.2   6.7     19.8   43.5   19.8  
One-parent household6  16.4   7.9     16.2   37.2   22.2  
No-parent household7  22.6   7.5     16.8   37.2   16.0  
                       
Two-parent household5                      
One child 10.3   7.3     22.0   43.1   17.3  
Two children 8.3   6.1     19.1   47.6   19.0  
Three or four children 12.0   6.8     19.0   39.9   22.3  
Five or more children 14.4   6.4     14.2   40.4   24.6  
                       
One-parent household6                       
One child 14.2   8.5     18.0   37.7   21.7  
Two children 16.6   8.3     14.6   37.5   23.0  
Three or four children 15.7   6.5     17.5   37.4   22.9  
Five or more children 25.3   8.5 !   12.0   32.4   21.8  
                       
No-parent household7                       
One child 18.0   8.6     17.6   39.2   16.5  
Two children 20.9   8.9     15.8   36.8   17.6  
Three or four children 33.7   6.0     17.6   31.3   11.6  
Five or more children 13.2         40.5   27.8  
                       
Number of older siblings                      
None 10.3   5.7     18.5   42.6   22.8  
One or more 14.4   7.9     18.2   40.1   19.3  
                       
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the standard error represents more than 30 percent of the estimate.
‡ Reporting standards not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater.
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 Student lives with two biological or adoptive parents.
6 Student lives with only one biological or adoptive parent, with or without a partner or guardian.
7 Student does not live with a biological or adoptive parent.
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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