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Table 32. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by years of planned high school science and students' educational expectations and plans after high school: 2009

Years of planned high school science
Students' educational expectations and plans after high school One year   Two years   Three years   Four or
more years
Total  6.1 16.1 32.6 45.2
                 
Students' educational expectations1
High school or less 15.1 26.6 33.3 25.0
Some college 5.2 21.1 39.3 34.3
Bachelor's degree 3.3 15.0 37.0 44.7
Graduate/professional degree 2.7 9.4 28.4 59.5
Don't know 8.9 20.2 34.1 36.8
Students' plans for the first year after high school
Enroll in an associate degree program
Yes 6.3 18.3 33.0 42.4
No 6.0 15.6 32.6 45.8
Enroll in a bachelor's degree program
Yes 2.5 10.9 31.1 55.5
No 9.7 21.1 34.2 35.1
Obtain a license or certificate in a career field
Yes 6.1 15.3 32.8 45.8
No 6.1 16.1 32.7 45.1
Attend a registered apprenticeship program
Yes 3.7 13.6 32.7 50.1
No 6.2 16.1 32.7 45.1
Join the armed services
Yes 6.3 20.7 32.7 40.3
No 6.1 15.6 32.7 45.7
Get a job
Yes 7.2 17.7 33.4 41.7
No 5.2 14.7 32.2 47.9
Start a family
Yes 10.0 18.3 33.9 37.8
No 5.8 15.8 32.6 45.8
Travel
Yes 6.2 15.2 30.7 47.9
No 6.1 16.1 32.9 44.9
Do volunteer or missionary work
Yes 3.1 10.7 29.3 56.9
No 6.4 16.5 33.0 44.2
Not sure
Yes 9.4 19.2 34.5 36.9
No 5.6 15.5 32.4 46.4
1 High school or less includes high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED). GED is an alternative path to attaining a high school credential. Some college includes the start or completion of an associate's degree, or the start but not completion of a bachelor's degree. Bachelor's degree also includes the start but not completion of a master's degree. Graduate/professional degree includes completion of a master's degree, as well as the start or completion of a Ph.D., M.D., law degree, or other high level professional degree.
NOTE: All estimates are weighted by W1STUDENT. 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 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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