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2010 Spotlight

High-Poverty Public Schools

What are the college enrollment rates for high-poverty schools, according to school administrators?

In 2007–08, according to school administrators, the average percentage of high school graduates from high-poverty secondary schools who attended a 4-year college was lower than the average for graduates from low-poverty secondary schools (see table A-24-5). About 28 percent of high school graduates from high-poverty schools attended a 4-year institution after graduation, compared with 52 percent of high school graduates from low-poverty schools. Since 1999–2000, the average percentage of graduates from high-poverty schools attending 4-year college has had no measurable change. In contrast, the average college enrollment rate of graduates from low-poverty high schools increased by 8 percentage points during this period, from 44 to 52 percent.

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