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Table 42. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by enrolled mathematics course and attitudes toward education: 2009

Student's attitude No mathe-matics   Basic mathe-matics1   Pre-algebra   Algebra I   Geometry   Algebra II   Other2   Two or more
Total 10.3 0.4 4.3 48.7 20.5 5.0 6.9 4.0  
                               
Studying in school rarely pays off later with good jobs                                
Strongly agree 15.4 7.1 49.2 12.2 2.9 8.1 4.8
Agree 16.1 0.4 ! 7.1 49.9 11.6 3.1 8.2 3.6
Disagree 8.8 0.5 3.8 50.5 20.7 5.0 6.8 4.0
Strongly disagree 7.4 0.3 ! 2.5 45.8 27.7 6.7 5.8 3.9
                               
Even if you study, you will not be able get into college                                
Strongly agree 13.6 11.2 45.5 5.8 4.2 11.7 6.8
Agree 14.9 0.7 ! 6.8 52.4 9.8 2.8 8.1 4.5
Disagree 10.7 0.4 4.5 50.4 19.1 4.3 7.1 3.5
Strongly disagree 8.4 0.3 3.0 45.8 25.6 6.4 6.1 4.4
                               
Even if you study, your family cannot afford college                                
Strongly agree 15.5 0.6 ! 6.6 50.6 11.8 3.1 7.9 3.9
Agree 12.9 0.6 4.4 51.1 15.4 3.2 8.1 4.4
Disagree 9.4 0.4 4.3 48.8 21.6 5.4 6.6 3.6
Strongly disagree 8.5 0.2 ! 3.6 46.0 24.8 6.3 6.1 4.5
                               
Working is more important than attending college                                
Strongly agree 15.7 8.0 53.2 8.0 3.4 ! 8.0 3.1
Agree 13.1 0.7 ! 6.1 52.9 10.4 2.5 10.2 4.1
Disagree 10.3 0.4 4.2 49.7 19.8 4.8 6.8 3.9
Strongly disagree 8.4   0.2 ! 3.2   45.3   26.8   6.4   5.8   3.9
! Interpret data with caution. Estimate is unstable because the coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 30 percent or more of the estimate).
‡ Reporting standards are not met. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 50 percent or greater (i.e., the standard error represents 50 percent or more of the estimate).
1 Basic mathematics contains review or remedial mathematics including basic, business, consumer, functional, or general mathematics..
2 Other mathematics contains extremely low-incidence subjects including trigonometry, integrated mathematics, statistics or probability, and advanced mathematics courses such as precalculus and calculus.
NOTE: All estimates are weighted by W1STUDENT. 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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