Effects of High School Course-Taking on Secondary and Postsecondary Success

Effects of High School Course-Taking on Secondary and Postsecondary Success

Issue/Topic: High School
Author(s): Conger, Dylan; Iatarola, Patrice; Long, Mark
Publication: American Educational Research Journal
Published On: 4/12/2012

There have been recent wide-scale efforts to increase the rigor of courses in high schools based on research that demonstrates positive relationships between rigorous course-taking and later educational and labor market outcomes. However, the existing literature offers limited investigation into the relative performance returns to rigorous courses in different subjects and the variation in course-taking effects across subgroups of students, and high schools with different characteristics.

To examine the association between students' high school course-taking in various subjects and their 10th-grade test scores, high school graduation, entry into postsecondary, and postsecondary performance.


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Research Design:

Cohort of students from Florida who were enrolled in the 8th grade in 1998-1999 or who entered the cohort in subsequent years and grades and who would be on track to graduate in 2002-2003 assuming grade normal progression from the 8th grade forward.

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Data Collection and Analysis:
Panel data provided by the Florida Department of Education from a census of public schools students in the state of Florida.

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