How many graduates from a particular high school go on to college depends largely on the school’s poverty level and whether it is public or private, while location is not as much of a factor, new research reveals.
This information comes from a report released last week by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center in Herndon, Va. The analysis of 3.5 million students in 50 states encompasses about 25 percent of all high school students.
It shows that, while 73 percent of students from high-income, low-minority, suburban schools enrolled in college right after graduation, the college-enrollment rate at low-income schools ranged from 47 percent to 58 percent. Once income was controlled for, there was no difference in college-going rates between urban, suburban, and rural high-minority schools.
A version of this article appeared in the October 22, 2014 edition of Education Week as College-Going