High School Poverty Levels Tied to College-Going
When it comes to sending high school graduates to college and ensuring they succeed, a school's poverty can be a bigger barrier than a diverse student body or a rural or inner-city locale.
In what is described as the first national study of its kind on college transitions and persistence, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found high-poverty high schools sent little more than half their class of 2012 graduates to college the following fall, compared with 70 percent of graduates from higher-income high schools.
The data are drawn from 3,000 public high schools in the clearinghouse's StudentTracker program. The center provides research, reporting, and verification services to high schools and colleges that pay an annual...
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