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ERIC Number: ED494306
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Academic Pathways, Preparation, and Performance: A Descriptive Overview of the Transcripts from the High School Graduating Class of 2003-04. E.D. TAB. NCES 2007-316
Planty, Michael; Bozick, Robert; Ingels, Steven J.
National Center for Education Statistics
This report uses transcript data from the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002 (ELS:2002) to provide nationally representative information about the level of academic preparation the high school graduating class of 2003-04 had when leaving high school. ELS:2002 is the most recent secondary school longitudinal study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Transcripts provide enrollment histories, graduation dates, and coursetaking records--key pieces of information for researchers and policymakers interested in the current state of the American high school curriculum. This report uses information from the transcripts to identify students who graduated with a diploma between September 1, 2003, and August 31, 2004 (i.e., the high school graduating class of 2003-04). The analysis profiles their coursetaking histories from the 9th through the 12th grades and explores the relationships between their coursework, their proficiency in math, their grade point average, and their expectations for their future education. This report focuses on two general areas. First, it presents the curricular landscape for contemporary American high school students. Second, it describes the linkage between academic pathways, particularly in mathematics coursework, and high school performance and preparation for postsecondary life. The report also shows educational expectations. These gauge how American youth on the cusp of high school graduation envision their future educational attainment. Appended are: (1) Technical Notes and Glossary; and (2) Standard Error Tables. (Contains 22 tables.)
Descriptors: High Schools, Credits, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Achievement, Grade Point Average, Educational Attainment, Program Effectiveness, Secondary School Curriculum, Academic Aspiration, High School Graduates, Mathematics Education, College Preparation, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; Research Triangle Inst., Durham, NC.
IES Funded: Yes
IES Publication: http://ies.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2007316