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Document Number: 3023

High School Academic Curriculum and the Persistence Path Through College - The findings of this study demonstrated a consistent advantage for students who completed rigorous high school curricula – and to a lesser extent for those completing mid-level curricula – over their peers enrolled in lower-level courses. Students who completed rigorous curricula were more likely to stay enrolled in their first institution or, if they transferred, to stay on track to a bachelor’s degree. The more challenging courses also may help students overcome socioeconomic disadvantages such as low family income and parents with no college experience. (National Center for Education Statistics, August 2001)...

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