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Table 43. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by enrolled mathematics course and attitudes toward math and science: 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  
                               
If you spend a lot of time and effort in math and science classes. . .
You won't have time for friends
Strongly agree 14.3 3.9 47.3 15.9 5.0 8.8 4.5
Agree 11.7 0.4 5.2 48.9 19.0 4.2 6.9 3.7
Disagree 9.3 0.4 3.7 48.5 21.8 5.5 6.6 4.1
Strongly disagree 8.1 0.4 ! 4.6 48.9 22.8 5.0 6.3 3.8
                               
You won't have time for
extracurricular activities
                               
Strongly agree 13.3 4.2 47.4 16.3 4.5 9.4 4.7
Agree 11.5 0.4 ! 4.9 48.8 19.2 4.3 6.9 4.1
Disagree 9.7 0.5 4.0 48.7 21.5 5.4 6.4 3.8
Strongly disagree 7.7 0.3 ! 3.9 48.5 23.2 5.5 6.6 4.3
                               
You won't be popular                                
Strongly agree 16.5 5.4 42.8 13.9 5.2 11.5 4.3 !
Agree 13.1 0.5 ! 6.5 47.2 16.5 3.2 9.0 4.1
Disagree 9.6 0.4 4.0 49.5 21.0 5.0 6.5 3.9
Strongly disagree 10.0 0.3 ! 4.0 47.7 21.9 5.6 6.5 4.1
                               
People will make fun of you                                
Strongly agree 15.5 1.0 ! 4.0 47.1 14.9 4.4 9.5 3.5
Agree 12.9 0.4 ! 6.9 44.8 17.2 4.5 8.0 5.3
Disagree 9.6 0.4 4.2 49.5 21.0 4.7 6.8 3.7
Strongly disagree 10.0   0.3 ! 3.9   47.9   21.6   5.7   6.4   4.2
! 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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