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PEDAR: Executive Summary Bridging the Gap
High School Coursetaking
Effects of First-Generation Status
Preparation for Postsecondary Education
Postsecondary Enrollment and Performance
Postsecondary Persistence and Attainment
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Effects of First-Generation Status

This study found a relationship between parents' education level and the likelihood that students would undertake a more rigorous high school curriculum and, consequently, enroll, perform well, and persist in 4-year postsecondary institutions. Overall, first-generation status was shown to have a negative association with students' academic preparation and persistence.

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