Listen to research highlights of our new “High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates,” from Dr. Doug Shapiro, Executive Director, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center: “Students from low income schools had lower college enrollment rates than any other category of public high school. Low income, low minority, urban schools had a 53 percent rate, while low income, rural schools had a 50 percent rate. These figures are for college enrollment int he first fall after graduating from high school in 2012. Additionally, community colleges made up a larger percentage of the destinations for the college-bound students from low-income schools: 44 to 45 percent of those who enrolled from those high schools in the first fall attended community colleges. For the class of 2010, students from lower income high schools were also less likely to persist in college. Of those who enrolled in the first fall, 79 to 81 percent returned in the second fall, compared to students from higher income schools at 86 to 88 percent. These types of findings from the report give individual high schools, districts, communities, policy makers, and business leaders the information they need to identify areas that are most promising for improving programs and services.”
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