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Table 19. Percentage of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by plans for their first year after high school, parental involvement, and student activities outside of school: 2009

Involvement or activities   Enroll in a Bachelor's degree program   Obtain a license or certificate in a career field   Attend a registered appren-ticeship program   Join the armed services   Get a job   Start a family   Travel   Do volunteer or missionary work   Not sure  
Total  49.5 12.8 2.9 8.4 42.6 6.8 12.0 8.4 12.8
                                       
Parental school involvement1
No activities 36.1 12.6 2.6 ! 7.5 54.4 8.4 11.1 5.5 16.4
One or two activities 44.7 14.5 3.2 7.6 45.4 7.7 12.2 8.1 14.1
Three or four activities 52.9 13.2 3.0 9.0 41.3 6.3 12.6 10.0 11.6
Five or more activities 61.5 11.8 2.9 6.8 38.6 5.8 12.2 9.8 10.6
 
Parental cognitive stimulation/
learning activities2
No activities 35.1 15.0 4.9 45.6 7.6 16.0 8.5 21.1
One or two activities 44.2 13.1 2.1 8.7 42.1 7.3 11.5 6.9 14.9
Three or four activities 50.8 12.3 2.5 7.9 42.1 6.4 11.1 8.5 12.2
Five or more activities 57.2 13.4 3.7 7.5 42.0 6.5 13.0 10.6 11.2
 
Activities outside of school in which
the student participated3
No activities 37.5 14.8 2.5 8.3 49.0 8.2 12.7 5.5 14.1
One or two activities 51.0 13.3 3.0 8.3 43.2 6.8 11.9 7.8 12.4
Three or four activities 60.6 11.3 3.3 7.0 38.1 5.7 11.7 12.2 11.8
Five or more activities   63.5   14.7   3.4   5.3   36.2   5.8   14.8   15.3   10.9
! 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 Parental school involvement was constructed by counting seven variables that describe the participation of the parent/guardian or other adult in the household in the following activities since the beginning of 2009-2010 school year: attending a general school meeting; attending a meeting of the parent-teacher organization; going to a scheduled parent-teacher conference; attending a school/class event, such as a play, dance, sports event, or science fair; serving as a volunteer with student's class; participating in school fundraising; or meeting with a school counselor. Only parents/guardians who provided a response for all activities are included.
2 Parental cognitive stimulation/learning activities was constructed by counting eight variables that describe activities that the parent/guardian or another family member has done with their 9th graders: visiting a zoo, planetarium, museum, etc; working or playing on a computer together; building or fixing something such as a car or appliance; attending a school science fair; helping with a science fair project; discussing a program or article about math, science, or technology; visiting a library; or going to a play, concert, or live show. Only parents/guardians who provided a response for all activities are included.
3 Activities outside of school that the 9th grader participated was constructed by counting seven variables that describe activities in which the 9th grader participated: music, dance, art, or theater; organized sports; religious youth group/instruction; scouting or another group/club activity; outside academic instruction such as Saturday academy, learning center, private tutor; a math or science camp; or another camp. Only parents/guardians who provided a response for all activities are included.
NOTE: Respondents could have more than one plan for the first year after high school. Totals are weighted by W1STUDENT and other estimates are weighted by W1PARENT. Totals may not fall within the range of categorical values due to missing data.
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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