Raising Academic Standards and Vocational Concentrators: Are They Better Off Or Worse Off?

This paper explores the affect of more rigorous graduation requirements on learning, college attendance, course taking and employment outcomes for vocational concentrators and non-concentrators. Longitudinal data was collected from a nationally representative sample of students, which followed them from 8th grade through eight years after high school graduation. The analysis showed that requiring a higher number of academic credits to graduate and Minimum Competency Exams help high school graduates’ success in the labor market, but lowers their probability of receiving a college degree.
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Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies
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