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Table 50. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by enrolled science course and involvement in science: 2009

Involvement 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
                           
Participation in extracurricular science activities2                            
Yes 11.2 43.0 12.2 16.9 2.1 ! 6.6 8.0
No 18.4 33.3 12.4 19.7 1.7 9.8 4.7
                           
Grade in a previous 8th grade science course                            
A 13.2 41.1 11.4 19.8 2.1 7.4 5.0
B 17.9 33.3 12.2 20.3 1.4 9.8 5.0
C 22.5 26.5 13.1 20.5 1.4 ! 11.5 4.5
D 22.1 27.4 17.5 13.3 12.5 3.8
Below D or not graded 31.0 25.1 11.4 15.0 13.1 4.1
                           
Self-identify as a science person                            
Strongly agree 11.6 42.5 10.6 17.8 1.9 8.6 7.1
Agree 15.3 36.6 12.2 19.2 1.8 9.1 5.8
Disagree 19.4 33.5 12.8 19.5 1.3 9.6 3.8
Strongly disagree 22.0 27.3 12.6 20.8 10.6 4.5
                           
Seen by others as a science person                            
Strongly agree 10.0 42.6 10.9 17.0 9.0 6.4
Agree 15.1 37.3 11.7 20.6 1.5 8.2 5.6
Disagree 19.0 33.0 13.0 18.9 1.3 10.1 4.7
Strongly disagree 21.7 28.7 12.8 20.4 10.5 3.8
                           
Understand science assignments                            
Never 33.5 26.2 10.7 14.1 7.9 2.9
Rarely 21.0 29.4 12.1 21.1 10.2 4.4
Sometimes 19.8 32.6 12.0 19.7 1.3 10.3 4.4
Often 14.1 37.2 12.9 19.4 1.8 8.8 5.7
! 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.
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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