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A person's Educational attainment level is an aspect of their educational background and is the completion of a course of study to a standard deserving of a qualification. Types of qualification are rated against a hierarchical structure, the highest achieved being that persons educational attainment level eg bachelor's degree level. In studies it is sometimes used as a demographic variable.

It is a term commonly used by statisticans to refer to the highest degree of education an individual has completed.[1]

The US Census Bureau Glossary defines educational attainment as "the highest level of education completed in terms of the highest degree or the highest level of schooling completed." [1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 US Census Bureau glossary. URL accessed on 2006-06-30.

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