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Document Number: 6378

The State of Our Nation’s Youth 2005-2006 - This survey – the latest in a series – reports on the lives and aspirations of American youth ages 13-19. Young people share both facts and opinions on their future aspirations, schools, personal habits and preferences, and families. Among the numerous findings: Half of students rated their schools a “B,” while their schools seem to be more generous graders — 73% of students reported getting either mostly all "A's" or a mix of "A's" and "B's"; 57% of students described expectations at their school as “moderate”; and 31% as having to meet high expectations. Four in five believe exit exams in mathematics and English would improve their schools, while a whopping 95% felt providing opportunities for more real-world learning would make their schools better. (Horatio Alger Association, 2005)...

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