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We could stick them in a squadron with lots of high ability cadets and that's going to reduce dropout and raise GPAs and so forth. WERTHEIMER: That seems to makes sense. They were finding that when cadets with better test scores happened to be in the same squadrons as cadets with weaker scores, the stronger students had a positive effect on the weaker students. So presumably you could set that up deliberately. VEDANTAM: Exactly. Now, the cadets who were the average performers, Linda, the ones with the test scores in the middle, they didn't seem to play a role in this. So for two.
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