ERIC Number: ED427203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Positive Results for All Students Dispel Fears of Leaving Some Behind.
WorkAmerica, v16 n2 p1,4-5 Feb 1999
New studies dispel the fear that high academic standards set up some students to fail or drop out. This research finds that raising academic standards has a positive impact for all students in the following ways: (1) students take more demanding courses, learn more, and score higher on tests; (2) nationwide, dropout rates are falling and high school completion rates are rising; (3) students in more rigorous programs are more likely to go to and graduate from college, especially students from minority and low-income groups; and (4)students in more rigorous programs earned significantly higher wages and were more productive, effects that increased over time. Raising standards, with consequences, typically results in the following changes: elimination of bottom-track, low-level courses; provision of extra support for struggling students; and new ways of extending learning time (reorganized school days and school years). Although students may earn a lower grade in a harder course, they will be better off in the long run, in the eyes of colleges and employers. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Educational Quality, Employer Attitudes, High Schools, Influences, Minimum Competency Testing, Minority Groups, Outcomes of Education, Salary Wage Differentials, School Business Relationship, State Programs, Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Alliance of Business, Inc., Washington, DC.