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Supplement to “Kentucky Scholars”

The seminal piece of research behind Kentucky Scholars and similar programs is Answers in the Toolbox, a U.S. Department of Education report by Clifford Adelman, which found that following a rigorous curriculum in high school is the best predictor of which students will be successful throughout life and work.

A short version of Adelman’s original paper can be found at, which also provides a link to the full report. A link to The Toolbox Revisited, Adelman’s 2006 update of his study, can be found at, the Web site for the State Scholars Initiative. SSI is administered by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education in Boulder, Colorado. The Kentucky Scholars program is part of the SSI.

To read the Kentucky Living September 2009 feature that goes along with this supplement, go to Kentucky Scholars.

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