The vast majority of California high schools that serve high numbers of low-income students and students of color do a poor job of sending their students on to college, a new report has found.
“The implications are pretty bad,” said Orville Jackson, senior research analyst at The Education Trust – West and lead author of the report, titled “Repairing the Pipeline: A Look at Gaps in California’s High School to College Transition.”
A major finding of the report is that college-going rates for African-American and Latino ninth-grade students lag behind the rates of White and Asian students by 20 to more than 30 percentage points. Fewer than half of such ninth-graders go to college upon graduation from high school or shortly thereafter, and the college-going rates for low-income students were just as low, the report found
“This is our population. It’s a growing population,” Jackson said of students of color in California. “We’re actually underserving the majority of our population in this state.”
Jackson said the situation portends trouble for the Golden State being able to meet its future workforce demands.
“We’re not preparing our students to meet our employment needs,” Jackson said. “So we’re going to have a workforce shortage.”
Jackson’s report compiled statistics that reveal what the report describes as a series of “breaks in the pipes.”
Those statistics include: … (Read more.)