TABLE 3–8 Percentage Distribution of First-Time Kindergartners by the Frequency with Which Teachers Say They Persist at a Task, Are Eager to Learn New Things, and Pay Attention Well, by Child and Family Characteristics: Fall 1998

 

Persist

Characteristic

Never/Sometimes

Often/Very Often

Total

29

71

Child’s Sex

Male

35

65

Female

22

78

Child’s Age at Entry

Born Jan.-Aug. 1992

21

79

Born Sep.-Dec. 1992

22

78

Born Jan.-Apr. 1993

27

73

Born May-Aug. 1993

34

66

Born Sep.-Dec. 1993

37

63

Mother’s Education

Less than high school

39

61

High school diploma or equivalent

30

70

Some college, including vocational/technical

27

73

Bachelor’s degree or higher

21

79

Family Type

Single mother

37

63

Single father

39

61

Two parent

26

74

Welfare Receipt

Utilized AFDC

41

59

Never utilized AFDC

27

73

Primary Language Spoken in Home

Non-English

31

69

English

28

72



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