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Because the relationship between academic failure and teen pregnancy is so strong, and because teen pregnancy affects the educational achievement of teenâ€™s them-selves as well as that of their children, those concerned about educating young people should also be concerned with preventing teen pregnancy. Moreover, given the in-creasing demands in schooling necessary to qualify for a well-paying job, it is more important than ever for teens to finish high school and attain post-secondary education when possible.Overall, about half (51%) of teen moms have a high school diploma compared to 89% of women who didnâ€™t have a teen birth. Young teen mothers are even less likely to graduate from high school. Fewer than four in ten (38%) mothers who have a child before they turn 18 have a high school diploma.
Teens who are more involved in their school are less likely than their peers who are not as closely connected to their school to get pregnant. Important aspects of school engagement include grades, test scores, class participation, homework completion, and a perception of support and connectedness with teachers and administrators. Planning to attend college after high school is also associated with a lower risk of teen pregnancy.