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Digest of Education Statistics: 2008
Digest of Education Statistics: 2008

NCES 2009-020
March 2009


Table 146. Percentage distribution of elementary and secondary school children, by average grades and selected child and school characteristics: 1996, 1999, and 2003
Selected characteristic of children and schools Distribution of children, by parental reports of average grades in all subjects
1996 1999 2003
Mostly A's Mostly B's Mostly C's Mostly D's or F's Mostly A's Mostly B's Mostly C's Mostly D's or F's Mostly A's Mostly B's Mostly C's Mostly D's or F's
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
All students 39.5 (0.53) 37.7 (0.56) 18.5 (0.41) 4.2 (0.22) 40.3 (0.52) 37.7 (0.53) 17.8 (0.42) 4.3 (0.23) 43.6 (0.62) 37.0 (0.58) 15.9 (0.52) 3.6 (0.24)
Sex of child                                                
Male 32.5 (0.68) 38.3 (0.82) 23.5 (0.63) 5.7 (0.36) 33.7 (0.70) 38.3 (0.73) 21.9 (0.63) 6.2 (0.39) 36.4 (0.72) 38.6 (0.86) 19.8 (0.74) 5.2 (0.40)
Female 46.9 (0.78) 37.2 (0.77) 13.2 (0.60) 2.7 (0.27) 47.0 (0.77) 37.1 (0.76) 13.5 (0.54) 2.4 (0.25) 51.0 (0.84) 35.3 (0.76) 11.9 (0.61) 1.9 (0.24)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity of child                                                
White 43.7 (0.66) 36.1 (0.61) 16.5 (0.49) 3.7 (0.27) 44.6 (0.67) 36.1 (0.65) 15.8 (0.50) 3.4 (0.25) 47.8 (0.86) 35.2 (0.75) 14.0 (0.63) 3.1 (0.25)
Black 27.0 (1.40) 41.0 (1.48) 26.2 (1.51) 5.8 (0.67) 27.5 (1.20) 40.3 (1.42) 26.4 (1.22) 5.8 (0.72) 34.5 (1.75) 39.5 (1.65) 20.9 (1.33) 5.0 (0.82)
Hispanic 31.9 (1.40) 43.6 (1.47) 19.6 (1.18) 4.9 (0.70) 33.3 (1.17) 42.7 (1.26) 17.4 (0.98) 6.5 (0.73) 34.9 (1.14) 42.3 (1.24) 18.6 (1.03) 4.2 (0.49)
Other 44.7 (1.80) 33.7 (2.10) 17.1 (1.61) 4.5 (1.12) 45.8 (2.38) 35.8 (2.36) 14.2 (2.03) 4.2 (1.18) 49.3 (2.63) 33.7 (2.32) 14.3 (1.99) 2.7 (0.78)
                                                 
Highest education level of parents                                                
Less than high school 29.0 (1.86) 39.0 (1.89) 23.9 (1.66) 8.1 (1.04) 26.3 (1.58) 40.8 (1.82) 22.3 (1.62) 10.5 (1.30) 27.8 (2.17) 41.6 (2.05) 22.7 (2.28) 7.8 (1.46)
High school/GED 30.5 (0.90) 40.5 (1.09) 23.1 (0.91) 5.9 (0.52) 31.6 (0.99) 39.5 (1.06) 23.3 (0.90) 5.6 (0.49) 32.1 (1.20) 41.4 (1.23) 21.7 (1.12) 4.8 (0.57)
Vocational/technical or some college 36.9 (0.99) 40.1 (1.01) 19.1 (0.64) 3.9 (0.43) 38.9 (0.93) 39.0 (0.94) 18.3 (0.75) 3.8 (0.38) 42.0 (1.13) 37.1 (1.19) 16.9 (0.76) 4.0 (0.42)
Bachelor's degree 52.5 (1.40) 32.9 (1.29) 12.7 (1.03) 1.9 (0.34) 51.1 (1.28) 34.9 (1.22) 12.1 (0.85) 1.8 (0.34) 53.2 (1.30) 34.2 (1.29) 10.9 (0.90) 1.7 (0.31)
Graduate/professional degree 58.2 (1.30) 30.9 (1.21) 9.8 (0.86) 1.1 (0.26) 54.8 (1.30) 33.0 (1.23) 10.3 (0.82) 1.9 (0.39) 60.6 (1.67) 30.9 (1.70) 7.5 (0.73) 1.0 (0.24)
                                                 
Family income                                                
$5,000 or less 28.9 (2.50) 38.8 (2.39) 23.3 (2.35) 8.9 (1.67) 25.0 (2.59) 42.9 (3.46) 24.4 (2.77) 7.7 (1.77) 31.8 (4.43) 38.9 (4.27) 21.0 (3.53) 8.3 (3.25)
$5,001 to $10,000 26.6 (1.97) 41.9 (2.30) 24.6 (2.33) 6.9 (1.15) 32.1 (2.37) 36.5 (2.35) 24.0 (2.14) 7.4 (1.32) 31.6 (2.90) 40.1 (3.70) 24.9 (2.70) 3.4 (0.98)
$10,001 to $15,000 28.0 (1.98) 39.8 (2.27) 26.0 (1.97) 6.2 (1.10) 30.3 (2.00) 38.9 (2.16) 23.7 (1.92) 7.1 (1.21) 33.5 (3.49) 35.1 (2.85) 23.9 (2.67) 7.5 (1.44)
$15,001 to $20,000 32.7 (2.34) 38.4 (1.99) 21.6 (1.81) 7.3 (1.35) 32.0 (2.03) 40.0 (2.10) 22.3 (1.89) 5.7 (0.94) 34.6 (2.28) 41.1 (2.41) 18.8 (2.00) 5.4 (1.26)
$20,001 to $25,000 34.4 (1.92) 40.8 (2.19) 20.6 (1.77) 4.2 (0.88) 32.8 (1.83) 38.9 (1.88) 21.6 (1.60) 6.7 (1.09) 33.5 (2.51) 42.1 (2.93) 19.8 (1.99) 4.7 (0.96)
$25,001 to $30,000 33.0 (1.88) 42.0 (2.05) 19.8 (1.41) 5.2 (0.76) 37.4 (1.91) 37.4 (1.90) 19.7 (1.54) 5.4 (0.86) 34.5 (2.67) 42.6 (3.13) 17.9 (1.92) 5.0 (1.21)
$30,001 to $35,000 40.0 (1.88) 38.0 (1.66) 18.1 (1.44) 3.9 (0.69) 38.2 (1.88) 38.8 (1.95) 19.2 (1.53) 3.8 (0.75) 35.1 (2.76) 43.1 (2.57) 16.9 (1.84) 5.0 (1.09)
$35,001 to $40,000 40.4 (1.70) 37.3 (1.69) 19.4 (1.22) 2.8 (0.65) 37.5 (1.83) 42.1 (1.89) 17.4 (1.40) 3.0 (0.62) 39.6 (3.20) 37.8 (2.79) 19.1 (1.78) 3.6 (0.93)
$40,001 to $50,000 43.2 (1.49) 36.0 (1.51) 16.8 (1.09) 4.0 (0.57) 45.0 (1.52) 35.1 (1.44) 16.6 (1.14) 3.3 (0.55) 43.9 (2.06) 35.8 (1.95) 15.8 (1.51) 4.4 (0.75)
$50,001 to $75,000 50.2 (1.05) 32.7 (1.04) 14.9 (0.86) 2.2 (0.34) 45.8 (1.20) 36.8 (1.17) 14.5 (0.84) 2.9 (0.41) 48.0 (1.29) 35.0 (1.22) 14.0 (0.81) 3.0 (0.45)
Over $75,000 51.0 (1.58) 36.8 (1.55) 10.9 (0.9) 1.3 (0.31) 51.9 (1.15) 35.4 (1.11) 10.9 (0.72) 1.8 (0.32) 54.0 (1.19) 33.8 (1.18) 11.0 (0.78) 1.2 (0.19)
                                                 
Child attending public school 38.2 (0.54) 37.9 (0.56) 19.3 (0.44) 4.6 (0.23) 39.0 (0.55) 37.8 (0.56) 18.5 (0.45) 4.7 (0.26) 41.8 (0.64) 37.5 (0.62) 16.8 (0.57) 3.8 (0.26)
Elementary (kindergarten to grade 8) 43.2 (0.75) 36.6 (0.69) 16.3 (0.55) 3.9 (0.26) 43.5 (0.71) 36.6 (0.71) 15.9 (0.54) 4.1 (0.29) 46.1 (0.80) 35.9 (0.84) 14.6 (0.74) 3.4 (0.32)
Secondary (grades 9 to 12) 29.6 (0.89) 40.2 (1.00) 24.5 (0.89) 5.7 (0.46) 31.8 (0.87) 39.9 (0.92) 22.7 (0.79) 5.6 (0.48) 34.6 (0.96) 40.2 (0.97) 20.6 (0.94) 4.6 (0.46)
                                                 
Child attending private school 50.8 (1.64) 36.1 (1.58) 11.8 (0.96) 1.3 (0.40) 51.9 (1.61) 36.1 (1.55) 11.0 (1.09) 1.0 (0.27) 57.6 (1.72) 33.0 (1.68) 8.1 (0.91) 1.3 (0.45)
Elementary (kindergarten to grade 8) 55.7 (2.02) 35.3 (1.90) 7.5 (0.86) 1.4 (0.57) 56.2 (1.88) 34.4 (1.80) 9.0 (1.21) 0.5 (0.21) 61.6 (2.39) 30.3 (2.28) 7.3 (1.03) 0.8 (0.28)
Secondary (grades 9 to 12) 41.5 (2.97) 37.7 (2.40) 20.4 (2.30) 1.0 (0.44) 41.2 (3.09) 40.6 (3.03) 15.9 (2.31) 2.2 (0.79) 48.8 (3.22) 38.9 (2.94) 10.0 (1.77) 2.3 (1.30)
NOTE: Includes children enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12. Excludes children whose programs have no classes with lettered grades. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Standard errors appear in parentheses.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Parent and Family Involvement in Education/Civic Involvement Survey, Parent Survey, and Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey of The National Household Education Surveys Program (PFI/CI-NHES:1996, Parent-NHES:1999, and PFI-NHES:2003). (This table was prepared July 2005.)