Low-income high schoolers who take early college courses more likely to graduate college: study
Low-income high schoolers who take early college courses more likely to graduate college: study


Low-income city students who take a college course while in high school are more likely to graduate college than their classmates who don’t take the challenging courses early on, a new study shows  An analysis by the education nonprofit Ed Trust tracked the educational outcomes of more than 100,000 New York public school students who graduated high school in 2012 and 2013 and started college the next year The study that showed 65% of students who took a college-level course in high school finished college by 2018, compared to 55% of students who didn’t take the advanced classes Advertisement  “That really points to the strategies schools can put in place” to boost college completion rates for low-income students, said Ian Rosenblum, the Executive Director of EdTrust New York  The analysis included only students who qualified for the state Tuition Assistance Program, which provides grants to people whose families make below $80,000 a year  Education advocates have long focused on college attendance rates as an important measure of how high schools are doing — especially schools with predominantly low-income students But observers are increasingly looking at whether low-income kids survive and finish college after they enroll  Much of that is determined by the supports colleges can offer and the financial aid available But high schools also have an important role to play, said Rosenblum.  “From our perspective, the job of our education system is to enable all students to graduate from high school and college,” he said  The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens, a screened public school where 71% students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch and the majority of students are black and Asian, was one of the state’s top performers among schools with similar student bodies 75% its graduates in the study finished college by 2018.  The mantra of attending and graduating college is “at the core” of the school’s culture, said the college counselor Jessica Kane “Everyone believes it.”  Students are working on the common application right now, and “kids are helping each other finish it… you don’t even ask why you’re doing it It’s not a choice,” she explained.  Kane said a number if her students enroll in college courses outside of school, and she’s not surprised they finish college at higher rates But she thinks that’s due to more than just exposure to challenging material.  “What those classes do is teach kids how to study, write papers, how to do the stuff that gets you through freshman year,” she said Another city school that builds college classes into its curriculum is among the highest college graduation performers in the state Bard Early College High School Queens, which screens students by test scores and interviews and offers them an Associate’s Degree by the time they graduate high school, saw 88% of its low income students graduate college by 2018  Kane, the college counselor, said she’s developed a sense of which colleges are best equipped to support low-income students, and works to find a school that will help them graduate  “We’re not just trying to send kids off to colleges,” she said. “We’re trying to send kids to programs that support kids on the college level ”

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  1. Renee Merritt says:

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