The Facts on Education: Do good grades in high school guarantee post-secondary success?

16 October 2013

The Facts on Education: Do good grades in high school guarantee post-secondary success?

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CEA and the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) have teamed up to provide you with relevant and timely information based on current empirical educational research. The primary goal of this project is to get relevant and needed research into the hands of parents and other interested people. They are written in plain language on topics of interest to parents, such as homework and class size.

The Facts on Education Series is produced with a generous sponsorship from the Canadian School Boards Association.

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