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Table 31. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by years of planned high school science and students' involvement in science: 2009

Years of planned high school science
Students' involvement in science One year   Two years   Three years   Four or
more years
Total  6.1 16.1 32.6 45.2
                 
Participation in extracurricular science activities1
Yes 3.1 8.5 28.2 60.2
No 6.3 16.5 33.0 44.1
 
Grade in a previous 8th grade science course
A 1.8 7.6 28.2 62.4
B 5.2 17.0 35.7 42.1
C 10.2 24.4 36.3 29.1
D 17.5 28.7 32.7 21.2
Below D or not graded 20.4 28.1 26.7 24.9
 
Self-identify as a science person
Strongly agree 1.7 6.0 15.4 76.9
Agree 2.8 10.7 30.9 55.7
Disagree 5.8 19.5 37.5 37.3
Strongly disagree 14.0 22.8 34.0 29.2
 
Seen by others as a science person
Strongly agree 2.8 6.6 16.9 73.7
Agree 2.5 8.3 30.4 58.8
Disagree 5.6 19.8 36.2 38.3
Strongly disagree 13.4 22.5 33.6 30.5
 
Understand science assignments
Never 26.1 28.0 26.0 19.9
Rarely 14.7 22.9 33.6 28.8
Sometimes 6.4 20.1 36.1 37.3
Often 2.1 9.4 29.5 59.0
 
Currently taking a science course
Yes 4.6 13.4 32.7 49.3
No 12.9   28.0   32.4   26.7
1 Science activities include science club, science competition, science camp, and science study groups or tutoring.
NOTE: All estimates are weighted by W1STUDENT. Details may not sum to 100 percent due to rounding. The survey item on planned high school science does not include a response option for less than one year. The question on planned years of high school science 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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