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Table 4. Percentage distribution of parents' educational expectations for their ninth–graders in academic year 2009–10, by family structure: 2009

Parent's expectation for their ninth–grader
Family Structure 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  
                         
Size of household                        
Two or three 10.8   12.6     26.6   37.4     12.6  
Four or five 8.8   8.8     29.9   41.9     10.6  
Six or more 11.5   10.7     28.3   36.7     12.8  
                         
Parent's marital status                        
Two-parent household5  6.7   8.5     31.6   43.3     9.9  
One-parent household6  12.7   11.9     25.3   36.6     13.5  
No-parent household7  1.2   14.2     25.3   25.8     13.4  
                         
Two-parent household5                        
One child 7.3   9.5     31.1   42.9     9.2  
Two children 5.7   8.3     32.2   45.1     8.9  
Three or four children 6.2   7.4     31.2   43.2     11.9  
Five or more children 7.9   10.1     32.4   36.1     13.4  
                         
One-parent household6                         
One child 13.4   12.8     27.0   34.5     12.4  
Two children 11.2   12.3     24.8   36.8     14.9  
Three or four children 12.5   10.5     24.0   39.8     13.1  
Five or more children 16.3   12.8     23.4   31.5     15.9  
                         
No-parent household7                         
One child 17.0   15.8     27.4   26.6     13.2  
Two children 20.9   12.5     20.0   33.9     12.6  
Three or four children 21.9   15.8     26.5   21.8     14.0  
Five or more children 37.8   8.3 !   34.0   10.4 !   9.5  
                         
Number of older siblings                        
None 7.8   9.7     28.3   43.2     11.1  
One or more 10.4   10.2     29.3   38.6     11.6  
                         
! 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 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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