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Table 49. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by enrolled science course and selected student and family characteristics: 2009

Characteristic No science   Biology   Earth science   Physical science   Chemistry   Other science1   Two or more  
Total 17.9 34.0 12.4 19.5 1.7 9.6 4.9
                           
Student's sex                            
Male 18.9 33.5 12.9 19.3 1.6 9.2 4.6
Female 17.0 34.5 11.9 19.7 1.8 ! 9.9 5.2
                           
Student's race/ethnicity2                            
White, non-Hispanic 15.0 32.5 13.9 23.3 1.2 9.2 5.0
Black, non-Hispanic 25.2 31.4 6.9 21.2 2.1 ! 8.4 4.8
Hispanic 22.0 38.3 12.9 10.3 2.8 ! 9.5 4.1
Asian, non-Hispanic 12.9 44.5 6.6 15.7 2.6 ! 11.3 6.6
All other races, non-Hispanic 16.2 32.6 12.7 19.4 1.0 ! 12.4 5.8
                           
Parent's or guardian's race/ethnicity2                            
White, non-Hispanic 13.9 33.5 14.3 22.8 1.2 9.1 5.1
Black, non-Hispanic 23.4 33.8 6.6 20.1 8.9 ! 4.5
Hispanic 22.2 38.2 13.7 8.9 1.7 ! 11.0 4.3
Asian, non-Hispanic 9.4 50.2 5.2 15.0 ! 3.0 ! 11.4 5.8 !
All other races, non-Hispanic 18.8 31.2 13.6 17.5 9.9 4.3
                           
Parent's or guardian's race/ethnicity2                            
Married 16.0 36.4 12.9 18.6 1.8 9.7 4.6
Not married 19.6 30.8 12.2 20.7 1.6 ! 9.6 5.5
                           
Family income in 2008                            
$0-$35,000 25.1 27.4 11.1 19.0 1.9 ! 10.6 4.8
$35,001 - $75,000 15.8 33.0 14.3 20.1 1.6 ! 10.5 4.8
$75,001 - $115,000 12.4 38.8 12.8 20.7 1.5 9.0 4.8
$115,001 or more 11.0 47.0 12.5 15.6 2.0 7.1 4.9
                           
Parent's or guardian's education4                            
High school, GED, or less 22.2 30.5 12.6 18.8 1.3 ! 10.1 4.5
Associate's degree 15.2 31.7 13.0 21.5 1.2 ! 12.8 4.6
Bachelor's degree 13.4 39.3 13.6 18.8 1.8 ! 7.9 5.2
Graduate/professional degree 10.8 43.7 11.2 17.8 3.3 ! 7.6 5.5
                           
Home language5                            
English 16.0 34.0 12.6 21.4 1.7 ! 9.4 5.0
Non-English 19.9 38.4 12.9 12.2 1.9 ! 10.2 4.5
! 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 Other science includes courses such as general science, integrated science, and principles of technology.
2 Black, non-Hispanic includes African American. Hispanic includes Latino. All other races, non-Hispanic includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Other Pacific Islander, and Two or more races. Parent's race/ethnicity is the race/ethnicity of the interviewed parent or guardian.
3 The marital status of the interviewed parent/guardian only. Not married includes divorced, separated, never married, or widowed.
4 Parent's or guardian's education is the highest level of education attained by either the studentís mother, father, or guardian; if data are available for only one parent or guardian, the educational attainment of that parent or guardian.
5 Home language asks whether there is a language other than English regularly spoken in the student's home. Responses of "yes" are coded as non-English.
NOTE: Totals, student's sex and student race/ethnicity are weighted by W1STUDENT and other variables are weighted by W1PARENT. Totals may not fall within the range of categorical values due to differential item nonresponse. 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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