Digest of Education Statistics
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Table 185. Percentage of high school seniors who participate in various school-sponsored extracurricular activities, by selected student characteristics: 1992 and 2004
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Selected student characteristic Academic clubs Sports Cheerleading and drill team2 Hobby clubs (photography, chess, etc.) Music (band, orchestra, chorus, or choir) Vocational clubs (Future Farmers of America, SkillsUSA, etc.)
Any sport Inter-scholastic1 Intra-mural1
1992 2004 1992 2004 2004 2004 1992 1992 2004 1992 2004 1992 2004
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
All seniors 25.0 (0.58) 21.3 (0.49) 42.7 (0.67) 44.4 (0.56) 38.8 (0.56) 19.2 (0.47) 7.6   (0.34) 7.7   (0.32) 11.7 (0.38) 19.8 (0.51) 21.0 (0.55) 17.6   (0.58) 15.6 (0.55)
Sex                                                          
Male 22.7 (0.80) 17.8 (0.58) 55.5 (0.92) 50.6 (0.80) 44.5 (0.79) 24.2 (0.71) 2.0   (0.24) 8.1   (0.44) 11.9 (0.51) 15.1 (0.62) 16.3 (0.66) 14.7   (0.68) 14.8 (0.68)
Female 27.1 (0.76) 24.7 (0.73) 30.1 (0.80) 38.2 (0.76) 33.2 (0.74) 14.3 (0.57) 13.0   (0.60) 7.4   (0.44) 11.6 (0.48) 24.3 (0.75) 25.5 (0.73) 20.4   (0.75) 16.3 (0.69)
                                                           
Race/ethnicity                                                          
White 24.3 (4.66) 22.6 (0.62) 41.4 (5.81) 46.9 (0.70) 42.1 (0.69) 18.8 (0.58) 13.3 ! (4.87) 10.1 ! (5.01) 11.4 (0.51) 15.4 (3.65) 22.0 (0.68) 12.2   (2.98) 16.8 (0.74)
Black 21.2 (1.64) 16.5 (0.90) 41.6 (2.29) 45.4 (1.21) 37.5 (1.15) 24.4 (1.05) 10.0   (1.73) 6.9   (0.94) 9.1 (0.75) 24.6 (1.57) 24.0 (1.21) 23.1   (1.82) 17.5 (1.17)
Hispanic 26.1 (0.72) 18.3 (1.15) 44.0 (0.79) 35.3 (1.25) 29.5 (1.25) 16.9 (1.02) 7.6   (0.35) 7.4   (0.37) 11.8 (0.87) 20.0 (0.62) 14.3 (0.97) 17.8   (0.71) 11.8 (1.04)
Asian/Pacific Islander 22.0 (1.55) 34.7 (1.90) 36.2 (1.84) 40.6 (1.81) 33.4 (1.71) 18.0 (1.48) 7.6   (1.16) 8.1   (1.05) 20.3 (1.50) 19.1 (1.68) 19.0 (1.57) 17.6   (1.59) 9.2 (0.78)
American Indian/
    Alaska Native
31.9 (2.31) 19.7 (2.88) 43.9 (2.25) 45.8 (1.42) 40.8 (2.29) 20.7 (0.34) 5.3   (0.97) 11.2   (1.51) 6.3 (0.37) 18.6 (2.01) 15.9 (2.10) 10.4   (1.53) 22.6 (2.23)
                                                           
Test performance quartile3                                                          
Lowest test quartile 17.0 (1.40) 13.4 (0.74) 40.5 (1.46) 34.5 (1.09) 28.0 (1.02) 20.4 (1.00) 7.6   (0.70) 7.9   (0.64) 8.4 (0.63) 18.7 (1.06) 17.7 (0.90) 25.0   (1.38) 17.8 (0.94)
Second test quartile 20.6 (1.10) 16.1 (0.86) 37.5 (1.22) 42.4 (1.06) 36.1 (1.04) 21.3 (0.85) 7.0   (0.86) 7.0   (0.66) 9.7 (0.63) 17.2 (0.88) 17.7 (0.86) 23.2   (1.19) 17.9 (0.92)
Third test quartile 24.1 (1.02) 20.9 (0.86) 44.0 (1.14) 46.5 (1.05) 41.3 (1.04) 19.2 (0.76) 8.3   (0.62) 7.1   (0.58) 11.2 (0.65) 19.7 (0.94) 20.6 (0.90) 16.6   (0.81) 15.5 (0.82)
Highest test quartile 36.1 (1.10) 31.8 (0.91) 48.3 (1.17) 52.7 (0.98) 48.0 (0.96) 17.1 (0.82) 7.8   (0.54) 8.7   (0.59) 16.7 (0.78) 24.1 (0.94) 26.3 (0.92) 11.9   (0.78) 12.5 (0.75)
                                                           
Socioeconomic status4                                                          
Low 18.3 (0.94) 16.4 (0.89) 32.3 (1.23) 33.1 (1.05) 26.4 (1.01) 16.5 (0.79) 6.7   (0.96) 6.6   (0.62) 8.0 (0.61) 17.6 (0.96) 16.6 (0.75) 24.4   (1.25) 17.3 (0.94)
Middle 24.1 (0.78) 19.6 (0.65) 41.3 (0.84) 43.7 (0.77) 38.5 (0.75) 19.6 (0.62) 8.0   (0.43) 7.0   (0.41) 11.2 (0.48) 19.6 (0.71) 20.7 (0.68) 19.6   (0.79) 16.8 (0.71)
High 30.9 (1.12) 28.3 (0.89) 52.2 (1.21) 54.6 (0.95) 49.3 (0.99) 20.7 (0.86) 7.8   (0.53) 9.3   (0.59) 15.7 (0.77) 22.0 (0.96) 24.9 (0.98) 9.9   (0.59) 12.1 (0.70)
                                                           
Region                                                          
Northeast 23.3 (1.06) 21.1 (0.93) 48.0 (1.41) 47.6 (1.27) 41.8 (1.42) 21.7 (1.19) 6.9   (0.67) 9.2   (0.79) 14.0 (0.99) 20.8 (1.07) 20.4 (1.19) 8.4   (0.91) 9.9 (1.03)
Midwest 25.2 (1.17) 20.1 (1.00) 45.6 (1.29) 48.3 (1.13) 41.9 (1.06) 20.9 (1.02) 8.3   (0.61) 6.5   (0.54) 9.8 (0.78) 23.8 (1.07) 25.6 (1.22) 18.0   (1.30) 16.3 (1.40)
South 28.4 (1.14) 23.5 (0.83) 38.6 (1.17) 42.1 (0.93) 36.7 (0.90) 17.6 (0.74) 8.4   (0.70) 6.8   (0.60) 10.5 (0.55) 17.8 (0.82) 20.1 (0.86) 27.4   (1.14) 21.4 (0.94)
West 21.3 (1.08) 19.5 (1.17) 40.7 (1.41) 40.9 (1.22) 36.2 (1.19) 17.7 (0.97) 6.3   (0.62) 9.4   (0.72) 13.9 (0.92) 17.6 (1.12) 17.6 (1.19) 10.2   (0.84) 10.8 (0.94)
                                                           
Senior's school sector                                                          
Public 24.9 (0.61) 20.5 (0.52) 41.4 (0.69) 42.9 (0.60) 37.5 (0.59) 18.5 (0.49) 7.7   (0.36) 7.4   (0.33) 11.1 (0.41) 19.8 (0.53) 20.6 (0.58) 19.0   (0.62) 16.6 (0.60)
Catholic 27.7 (2.50) 29.5 (1.61) 54.5 (2.98) 60.8 (1.64) 53.1 (1.46) 28.1 (1.96) 7.8   (1.39) 10.4   (1.60) 18.8 (1.22) 14.2 (1.96) 19.2 (1.53) 2.7   (0.61) 4.2 (0.66)
Other private 21.6 (2.80) 29.3 (2.40) 58.3 (3.06) 60.5 (2.72) 51.7 (2.98) 25.8 (2.82) 5.7   (1.49) 11.4   (2.32) 18.1 (1.76) 29.9 (2.67) 31.6 (3.51) 2.2 ! (0.76) 4.0 (0.81)
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
1 Interscholastic refers to competition between teams from different schools. Intramural refers to competition between teams or students within the same school. Data on these categories are available only for 2004.
2 These data were not collected in 2004.
3 Composite test performance quartile on mathematics, reading, science, and social studies in 1990 (for 1992 seniors) and composite test performance quartile on mathematics and reading in 2002 (for 2004 seniors).
4 Socioeconomic status (SES) was measured by a composite score on parental education and occupations, and family income.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88/92), "Second Follow-up, 1992"; and Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002/04), "First Follow-up, 2004." (This table was prepared December 2009.)

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