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Volume 20, Number 3
May/June 2004

A Core Curriculum for All Students

 

The single most important thing we can do to help students succeed after high school is to provide a challenging high school curriculum. Why? Because the biggest contributor to success in college isn't a student's SAT or ACT score, nor is it GPA or rank in class. Rather, the single best predictor of college success is the quality and intensity of a student's high school curriculum. Research from the U.S. Department of Education shows that high school students who complete math higher than Algebra 2 (for example, trigonometry or pre-calculus) earn a college degree at twice the rate of those whose high school math curriculum was less rigorous.

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