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The expectations of parents proved highly predictive of whether their deaf or hard of hearing children would attend and graduate from postsecondary programs, live independently, and work, according to the findings of a team of researchers at The University of Texas in Austin. Working as part of the Research and Evidence Synthesis team within pepnet 2, the team took a first direct look at expectations and achievement for deaf and hard of hearing students as they moved beyond high school to postsecondary settings. The authors found that while the majority of deaf and hard of hearing students expected to attain a multitude of postsecondary goals, only the expectations of their parents were predictive of whether they would actually do so. The issue in which this article appeared was the winner of the 2015 Edward Allen Fay Award from the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf.


Garberoglio, C. L., Guerra, L. H., Cawthon, S., & Ocuto, O. (2014). A look at national data: Parental expectations shape student achievement. Odyssey. Retrieved from

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Journal Article/Book Chapter


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High School
Higher Education/Adult Learning