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ERIC Number: EJ960491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Effects of High School Course-Taking on Secondary and Postsecondary Success
Long, Mark C.; Conger, Dylan; Iatarola, Patrice
American Educational Research Journal, v49 n2 p285-322 Apr 2012
Using panel data from a census of public school students in the state of Florida, the authors examine the associations between students' high school course-taking in various subjects and their 10th-grade test scores, high school graduation, entry into postsecondary institutions, and postsecondary performance. The authors use propensity score matching (based on 8th-grade test scores, other student characteristics, and school effects) within groups of students matched on the composition of the students' course-taking in other subjects to estimate the differences in outcomes for students who take rigorous courses in a variety of subjects. The authors find substantial significant differences in outcomes for those who take rigorous courses, and these estimated effects are often larger for disadvantaged youth and students attending disadvantaged schools. (Contains 23 notes, 6 tables, and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 8; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305B070131