The Center for Public Education, which is an initiative of the National School Boards Association, released a report in September called The Path Least Taken: A Quest to Learn More about High School Graduates who Don’t Go on to College.
They found that “the percentage of high school graduates who don’t advance to a two- or four-year college is remarkably small” (pg 1). By age 26, only 12 percent of the 15,000 students sampled nationwide did not enroll in college. However, most of those non-enrollees started high school believing that they would go to college.
This is one more study that shows the importance of preparing students for college—or whatever comes next after high school, since college might very well be part of their plan someday. We know we are “preaching to the choir” by saying that rigorous courses and plenty of support help students match their college hopes with their college goals. Perhaps one little thing that you or I say or do could make the difference.