Report: California Schools Serving Socially Disadvantaged Students Send Too Few to College

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.)

Via Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

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Clearing the Hurdles: Helping Low-Income Students Get Into College

This event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. Eastern time. Despite the push for more diversity on college campuses, low-income students are still underrepresented in higher education. To meet the nation’s goal of improving college completion, more supports are needed to help those students get into college. Yet college-going students from disadvantaged backgrounds face barriers—from understanding the application process, to filling out financial-aid forms, to covering fees. Learn about how the landscape has changed for low-income students and what policies could help improve access, and hear about innovative programs that are successfully walking students through the transition from high school to college.


Jennifer Engle, Director of Higher Education Practice and Policy, The Education Trust, Washington.

Traci Kirtley, Director of Programming and Evaluation, Admission Possible National, St. Paul, Minn.

Moderator:  Caralee Adams, contributing writer, Education Week.

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