For blacks and Latinos, few Calif. high schools offer path to college
California high schools that serve largely Latino or African American students are failing them as pathways to college, according to a new report by a statewide education policy, research and advocacy organization.
Just 10 percent of high schools that serve primarily Latino students have above-average graduation and college-going rates for Latinos. The same is true for African Americans at 24 percent of high schools serving the largest proportions of African American students, the Education Trust–West found. Many students in both populations are low-income.
The college-going rate among Latino and African American students who graduated high school in 2010 lagged behind that of white and Asian students by 20 and more than 30 percentage points, respectively. The estimate, released last week, found 45 percent of Latinos and 46 percent of African Americans in the class of 2010 enrolled in college.
Researchers analyzed high school graduation rates for students who earned diplomas in 2010 and estimated their college-going rates using data from 2009, the first year such information was available. Their findings, they said, were disturbing.
“Far too few schools with large populations of African American, Latino and low-income students are serving as pipelines to post-secondary education,” the report said. Post-secondary education includes both community colleges and four-year universities.
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