Consistency of high school students' expectations with their future educational and career attainments
Kasza, Karin A.
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The consistency of high schools students' expectations with their actual educational and occupational attainments was investigated using nationally representative longitudinal data. The results of this study indicated that, in general, higher expectations are at least somewhat associated with higher attainments, although attainments often fall short of expectations. Overall, white students tended to have the most consistency between their expectations and attainments (as indicated both by amount of association and amount of agreement) compared to Hispanic and African American students. This study points to the importance of realistic expectation development among high school students, and it has implications for assisting students in planning to meet their expectations.