Research Summarized! Promoting High Expectations for Success

Promoting High Expectations for Success is one of five key impact areas identified by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes in its review of the literature on practices that address root causes of challenges to deaf people’ postsecondary attainment.

Having high expectations for deaf people’ postsecondary success means believing in their capability to succeed and not believing their opportunities are limited due to being deaf. These high expectations are important as deaf youth navigate the transition from high school to postsecondary education or training. Many people have low expectations for the abilities of deaf people. Deaf people’ expectations about their abilities and future attainment do not develop in a vacuum; teachers, parents, and other professionals make a significant contribution to how those expectations and beliefs are formed.

See the full list of Key Impact Areas.

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