A survey of the course selections and academic achievement in grades nine through twelve of 973 May 1964 graduates of secondary schools in the Houston, Texas, Independent School District

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1965

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The study was undertaken to provide information regarding the course selections and academic achievement in grades nine through twelve of graduates of Houston, Texas, secondary schools. The sample consisted of 973 students, 436 boys and 537 girls, who were graduated in May 1964. Data for the study were obtained from the student's permanent record cards and were analyzed to determine grade-point average, rank in class, curriculum pattern followed, and credits earned toward graduation in academic and non-academic subjects, according to the sex and mental ability classification of the students. The achievement of girls in most mental ability categories was superior to that of boys in the same category, and larger percentages of girls ranked in the upper half of their graduating classes than was true of boys. Girls, however, did not take so rigorous an academic program as did boys. On all ability levels, larger percentages of boys than girls followed the academic curriculum. [...]

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