Table 46. Percentage distribution of male academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by enrolled mathematics course and gender perceptions: 2009

Boy's gender perception No mathe-matics   Basic mathe-matics1   Pre-algebra   Algebra I   Geometry   Algebra II   Other2   Two or more
Total 11.0 0.4 4.4 48.6 19.4 5.4 7.0 3.8

How do males and females compare in ...

English or language arts
Females are much better 13.1 0.4 ! 5.6 51.8 15.9 4.4 5.8 3.1
Females are somewhat better 10.5 2.5 43.6 25.7 7.4 6.6 3.4
Females and males are the same 10.4 0.4 4.6 49.3 19.0 5.1 7.4 4.0
Males are somewhat better 13.7 52.3 11.0 5.2 5.5 ! 4.8 !
Males are much better 13.1 5.1 ! 44.2 18.4 5.0 ! 9.7 3.7 !

Math
Females are much better 14.1 0.7 ! 6.4 55.6 9.1 1.6 8.0 4.4
Females are somewhat better 10.6 0.5 ! 2.9 51.4 18.3 5.2 7.0 3.9
Females and males are the same 9.9 0.3 4.7 48.2 21.0 5.3 7.3 3.4
Males are somewhat better 12.3 2.7 ! 43.5 24.1 7.7 4.6 4.9
Males are much better 12.7 0.6 ! 4.6 47.4 16.8 7.3 7.8 2.8

Science
Females are much better 16.6 0.8 ! 7.3 54.1 8.8 1.9 7.7 2.7
Females are somewhat better 10.6 3.8 47.8 17.5 5.5 8.3 5.7
Females and males are the same 9.7 0.3 4.4 48.4 21.3 5.4 6.9 3.4
Males are somewhat better 12.2 3.3 45.4 21.5 6.8 7.2 3.5
Males are much better 13.1 0.8 ! 3.6 49.6 15.9 6.7 5.3 4.9
! 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.