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Table 7. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009–10 ninth–graders' educational expectations, by parental frequency of and confidence in help with homework: 2009

Student's expectation
Frequency or confidence 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  
                       
Frequency of help with homework by parent/guardian                      
Never 14.2   6.9     17.1   41.0   20.9  
Less than once a week 8.5   7.0     20.8   45.6   18.1  
One or two days a week 13.6   7.3     18.8   39.1   21.2  
Three or four days a week 15.6   7.6     15.2   35.3   26.3  
Five or more days a week 18.6   5.6     17.0   41.2   17.7  
                       
Parent's confidence in ability to help 9th grader with
math homework
                     
Not at all confident 14.0   7.5     18.2   39.1   21.2  
Somewhat confident 12.6   8.0     17.8   41.0   20.6  
Very confident 12.1   5.6     19.5   42.8   19.9  
                       
Parent's confidence in ability to help 9th grader with
science homework
                     
Not at all confident 16.1   7.7     17.6   34.6   24.1  
Somewhat confident 13.9   7.9     18.3   40.3   19.5  
Very confident 10.2   5.9     19.1   44.8   20.1  
                       
Parent's confidence in ability to help 9th grader with
English or language arts homework
                     
Not at all confident 16.1   8.6     16.5   35.1   23.6  
Somewhat confident 14.2   7.9     17.2   38.9   21.7  
Very confident 11.1   6.1     19.8   44.1   18.8  
                       
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.
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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