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Table 6. Percentage distribution of parents' educational expectations for their ninth–raders in academic year 2009–10, by parental involvement and student activities outside of school: 2009

Parent's expectation for their ninth–grader
Involvement or activities High school or less1    Some College 2      Bachelor's degree3    Graduate/professional degree4    Don't know  
Total  9.7   10.1     28.8   39.9   11.5  
Parental school involvement5                      
No activities 19.0   14.0     20.4   27.9   18.7  
One or two activities 12.3   11.5     28.3   33.1   14.8  
Three or four activities 9.1   10.3     29.2   40.6   10.8  
Five or more activities 5.4   7.7     30.7   47.8   8.3  
Parental cognitive stimulation/learning
No activities 26.8   12.0     15.4   24.0   21.7  
One or two activities 16.4   14.1     24.8   29.6   15.1  
Three or four activities 10.4   10.1     31.0   36.4   12.1  
Five or more activities 5.0   8.6     29.5   47.6   9.3  
Activities outside of school in which 9th
grader participated7
No activities 21.8   12.0     19.5   29.6   17.1  
One or two activities 9.3   11.2     29.9   37.6   12.0  
Three or four activities 4.1   7.8     32.0   47.4   8.8  
Five or more activities 2.9   7.3 !   28.0   54.2   7.6  
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.
2 Some college includes the start or completion of an Associate's degree, or the start but not completion of a Bachelor's degree.
3 Bachelor's degree also includes the start but not completion of a Master's degree.
4 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.
5 Parental school involvement was constructed by counting seven variables that describe the participation of the parent/guardian or other adult in the household in the following activities since the beginning of 2009-2010 school year: attending a general school meeting; attending a meeting of the parent-teacher organization; going to a scheduled parent-teacher conference; attending a school/class event, such as a play, dance, sports event, or science fair; serving as a volunteer with student's class; participating in school fundraising; or meeting with a school counselor. Only parents/guardians who provided a response for all activities are included.
6 Parental cognitive stimulation/learning activities was constructed by counting eight variables that describe activities that the parent/guardian or another family member has done with their 9th graders: visiting a zoo, planetarium, museum, etc; working or playing on a computer together; building or fixing something such as a car or appliance; attending a school science fair; helping with a science fair project; discussing a program or article about math, science, or technology; visiting a library; or going to a play, concert, or live show. Only parents/guardians who provided a response for all activities are included.
7 Activities outside of school that the 9th grader participated was constructed by counting seven variables that describe activities in which the 9th grader participated: music, dance, art, or theater; organized sports; religious youth group/instruction; scouting or another group/club activity; outside academic instruction such as Saturday academy, learning center, private tutor; a math or science camp; or another camp. Only parents/guardians who provided a response for all activities are included.
NOTE: Totals are weighted by W1STUDENT and other estimates are weighted by W1PARENT. Details may not sum to 100 percent due to rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09), Base-Year.