High-school students who are active in extracurricular activities and have good social skills and work habits are more likely to have more advanced education and earn more later in life than peers with similar academic scores but fewer "soft skills," according to a study. "If we only look at standardized test scores, we're only considering part of the equation for success as an adult in a global marketplace," said Christy Lleras, a University of Illinois professor of human and community development.

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