Students should be given the chance to improve their academic record in high school, and a federal study says the best way to do that is to work harder and spend more time studying, not less.
In the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics, researchers analyzed more than 6,500 high school graduates in California, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.
Their study, which followed them through college, found that a high school diploma conferred an average of 4.4 years of college-bound schooling.
“It’s important to realize that high school students who graduate from high school are not simply a snapshot of a community’s best and brightest,” study author Jennifer C. Sargent, a senior researcher in pediatrics at the National Institute of Health, said in a statement.
“The results suggest that a comprehensive and effective intervention for high school dropouts is to engage them in intensive academic preparation and work on their learning.”
The researchers found that the best predictor of a high-school dropout was an inability to make friends and to pay attention in class, a problem many teens experience.
That’s because they spend less time with peers, study author and Stanford University doctoral student Andrew T. Haines told The Wall House.
“That’s where a lot of students fall short.”
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