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Document Number: 3024

Answers in the Tool Box: Academic Intensity, Attendance Patterns and Bachelorís Degree Attainment - According to this study, the biggest factor in determining whether young people earn a bachelorís degree is participation in a strong academic curriculum in high school. The completion of a solid academic core was more strongly correlated with a bachelorís degree than high school test scores, gradepoint averages or class rank. Moreover, an intensive academic curriculum in high school had the strongest positive effect for black and Hispanic students. (Clifford Adelman, U.S. Department of Education, OERI, June 1999)...

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