How many teenagers think of themselves as a math person? Thanks to the High School Longitudinal Survey, we know the answer. The HSLS is tracking a nationally representative sample of teenagers who were in 9th grade in 2009 and 11th grade in 2012. In 9th grade, the majority of both males and females regarded themselves as a math person. By 11th grade, the figure was below 50 percent.
Males who considered themselves a math person
In 9th grade: 56%
In 11th grade: 48%
Females who consider themselves a math person
In 9th grade: 52%
In 11th grade: 44%
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, Student Self-Assessment of Math and Science Ability in High School