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Table 8. Percentage distribution of parents' educational expectations for their ninth–graders in academic year 2009–10, by parental frequency of and confidence in help with homework: 2009

Parent's expectation for their ninth–grader
Frequency or confidence 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  
                       
Frequency of help with homework by parent/guardian                      
Never 11.4   7.9     22.8   43.6   14.4  
Less than once a week 5.8   9.3     33.7   42.8   8.4  
One or two days a week 9.4   11.0     31.2   37.3   11.0  
Three or four days a week 11.8   12.4     27.6   35.7   12.5  
Five or more days a week 13.6   13.9     19.2   38.2   15.0  
                       
Parent's confidence in ability to help 9th grader with
math homework
                     
Not at all confident 10.8   11.0     28.2   36.5   13.5  
Somewhat confident 9.9   10.5     29.3   38.6   11.8  
Very confident 7.2   9.0     29.1   45.9   8.9  
                       
Parent's confidence in ability to help 9th grader with
science homework
                     
Not at all confident 14.4   10.5     24.8   34.7   15.6  
Somewhat confident 9.5   11.0     30.7   36.6   12.1  
Very confident 7.0   9.1     27.4   46.8   8.7  
                       
Parent's confidence in ability to help 9th grader with
English or language arts homework
                     
Not at all confident 15.8   10.5     19.4   36.6   17.1  
Somewhat confident 11.1   11.0     28.5   35.2   13.3  
Very confident 6.6   9.1     31.5   44.5   8.7  
                       
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: All estimates are weighted by W1PARENT. 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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