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Table 52. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by enrolled science course and attitudes toward education: 2009

Student's attitude 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
                           
Studying in school rarely pays off later with good jobs                            
Strongly agree 23.1 32.4 12.5 18.4 0.8 ! 8.0 4.7
Agree 25.2 28.4 13.5 17.4 1.4 9.9 4.3
Disagree 16.3 33.9 12.7 20.9 1.3 10.3 4.6
Strongly disagree 14.5 37.8 11.4 19.4 2.7 ! 8.9 5.4
                           
Even if you study, you will not be able get into college                            
Strongly agree 28.0 27.5 10.6 17.0 9.7 5.6
Agree 23.0 32.1 12.5 19.1 0.7 ! 8.8 3.9
Disagree 17.8 33.3 13.3 19.8 1.2 10.2 4.5
Strongly disagree 16.4 35.9 11.4 19.6 2.6 ! 8.7 5.4
                           
Even if you study, your family cannot afford college                            
Strongly agree 22.7 29.8 13.3 18.4 1.1 ! 9.6 5.2
Agree 21.7 31.7 11.3 18.6 1.4 10.2 5.1
Disagree 16.2 34.5 13.3 20.3 1.2 10.1 4.4
Strongly disagree 16.7 36.2 11.3 19.3 3.3 ! 8.0 5.2
                           
Working is more important than attending college                            
Strongly agree 24.3 25.8 13.2 21.2 0.9 ! 9.3 5.3
Agree 20.9 30.3 13.6 18.1 0.8 11.7 4.6
Disagree 17.2 33.7 12.6 20.4 1.1 10.3 4.6
Strongly disagree 17.1   37.2   11.4   18.5   3.0 ! 7.8   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 Other science includes courses such as general science, integrated science, and principles of technology.
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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