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Table 34. Percentage distribution of academic year 2009-10 ninth-graders, by years of planned high school science and students' attitudes toward math and science education: 2009

Years of planned high school science
Students' attitudes toward math and science education One year   Two years   Three years   Four or
more years
Total  6.1 16.1 32.6 45.2
                 
If you spend a lot of time and effort in math and
science classes . . .
 
You won't have time for friends
Strongly agree 11.6 20.4 29.8 38.2
Agree 7.3 18.9 34.5 39.3
Disagree 4.6 14.7 32.9 47.7
Strongly disagree 5.8 11.4 29.0 53.8
 
You won't have time for extracurricular activities
Strongly agree 10.6 18.2 30.8 40.3
Agree 6.7 19.7 36.1 37.4
Disagree 5.1 14.7 32.4 47.7
Strongly disagree 5.4 10.4 27.6 56.5
 
You won't be popular
Strongly agree 14.9 17.2 28.7 39.1
Agree 9.2 22.3 31.5 37.0
Disagree 5.6 15.7 34.5 44.2
Strongly disagree 5.2 14.4 30.0 50.4
 
People will make fun of you
Strongly agree 12.2 17.1 30.2 40.6
Agree 8.5 16.3 34.9 40.3
Disagree 5.6 16.1 34.2 44.1
Strongly disagree 5.6   15.2   30.2   48.9
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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