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Table 28. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-grade male and female students, by years of planned high school mathematics and students' perceptions of gender abilities: 2009

Males Females
Years of planned high school math Years of planned high school math
Students' perceptions of gender abilities Percent of all males   One year   Two years   Three years Four or more years Percent of all females One year Two years Three years Four or more years
Total  100.0 3.3 9.8 27.2 59.7 100.0 2.2 7.6 27.2 62.9
                                         
How do males and females compare in
 
English or language arts
Females are much better 17.6 4.9 11.1 27.6 56.4 17.3 3.7 9.2 29.5 57.6
Females are somewhat better 21.7 2.2 7.5 26.4 63.9 24.2 1.2 7.3 24.5 67.0
Females and males are the same 54.0 2.7 9.6 27.8 59.9 56.6 2.1 6.9 27.5 63.5
Males are somewhat better 3.3 6.0 ! 17.8 ! 23.3 52.9 1.5 7.5 ! 34.5 54.9
Males are much better 3.4 6.8 ! 8.2 ! 25.7 59.3 0.4 15.9 ! 43.9 35.2
Math
Females are much better 9.7 6.4 17.3 31.6 44.7 9.4 4.7 8.7 27.3 59.2
Females are somewhat better 11.4 4.9 10.2 33.2 51.7 13.5 1.9 7.4 29.6 61.0
Females and males are the same 55.7 2.4 9.1 26.6 61.9 62.4 1.7 7.2 26.4 64.7
Males are somewhat better 14.7 2.4 6.9 24.6 66.1 11.9 2.3 7.9 27.2 62.6
Males are much better 8.6 3.4 7.7 24.1 64.8 2.9 5.0 10.5 30.4 54.0
Science
Females are much better 7.6 8.3 11.9 32.0 47.8 7.1 5.8 8.0 31.0 55.2
Females are somewhat better 7.3 4.7 12.6 31.6 51.0 9.6 1.8 ! 8.3 27.7 62.2
Females and males are the same 61.8 2.1 9.3 25.6 62.9 66.3 2.0 6.9 26.2 65.0
Males are somewhat better 14.7 3.3 8.4 28.7 59.6 13.8 1.1 9.7 28.6 60.5
Males are much better 8.5 4.4 7.8 28.8 59.1 3.2 3.8 ! 9.1 33.7 53.3
! 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).
NOTE: All estimates are weighted by W1STUDENT. Percent of all males/females is the distribution of perceptions by each gender. 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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