School & District Management

Survey Shows Gaps in Expectations of High Schools

By Catherine Gewertz — December 01, 2009 1 min read
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A new survey uncovers an interesting gap between what low-income parents and students want from high school and what high school educators see as their main job. Check out the Deloitte 2009 Education Survey.

UPDATE: Technology issues forced Deloitte to take the report on the study off of their website, but they forwarded it to us so you can take a look while they are solving that problem. Here it is.

The firm asked low-income parents and students to rank the main aims of high school, and 42 percent of the parents and 48 percent of the students put college preparation at the top. Only nine percent of teachers did the same.

The study points up a host of other interesting dynamics, some of which are depressingly familiar refrains from other studies. Here is one: seven in 10 students reported strong intentions to attend college, but fewer than three in 10 said they felt prepared to handle the coursework. Only six in 10 teachers expressed confidence that they know what students really need to be prepared for college.

A version of this news article first appeared in the High School Connections blog.