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Table 24. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by years of planned high school mathematics and selected students' attitudes toward education: 2009

Years of planned high school math
Students' attitudes toward education One year   Two years   Three years   Four or
more years
Total  2.8 8.7 27.2 61.3
                 
Studying in school rarely pays off later with good jobs
Strongly agree 5.2 13.1 32.3 49.5
Agree 6.5 15.9 32.0 45.5
Disagree 1.8 8.0 29.3 60.9
Strongly disagree 1.1 4.5 20.6 73.8
 
Even if you study, you will not be able to get into college
Strongly agree 11.2 14.0 35.4 39.3
Agree 6.7 15.8 35.3 42.3
Disagree 2.8 8.9 30.0 58.3
Strongly disagree 1.3 6.6 21.6 70.4
 
Even if you study, your family cannot afford college
Strongly agree 7.2 11.5 32.9 48.3
Agree 4.3 11.0 32.2 52.4
Disagree 2.1 7.8 27.3 62.8
Strongly disagree 1.6 7.8 21.7 68.9
 
Working is more important than attending college
Strongly agree 8.0 17.7 33.9 40.4
Agree 7.3 13.8 36.0 42.9
Disagree 2.1 8.3 29.0 60.6
Strongly disagree 1.4   6.3   20.9   71.3
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. The survey item on planned high school mathematics does not include a response option for less than one year. The question on planned years of high school mathematics includes the student's current year.
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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