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Education Working Paper
No. 3  September 2003


Public High School Graduation and College Readiness Rates in the United States

What the Press Said:

It's Elementary by Jay P. Greene & Marcus A. Winters, National Review Online, 5-12-04
College Diversity: Fix the Pipeline First by Jay P. Greene and Greg Forster, Washington Post, January 7, 2004
College Diversity: Fix the K-12 Pipeline First by Jay P. Greene and Greg Forster, Salt Lake Tribune, January 18, 2004
Fixing the Diversity Pipeline by Jay P. Greene and Greg Forster, Daily Camera (Boulder, Co.), January 18, 2004
Indiana's graduation rate doesn't add by Jay P. Greene and Greg Forster, Indianapolis Star Op-Ed, 9-21-03
New York Dropouts Uncounted by Jay P. Greene, New York Sun, 9-17-03
Houston isn't alone when it comes to dropouts by Jay P. Greene and Greg Forster, Houston Chronicle, 9-16-03

 


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SUMMARY:
Students who fail to graduate high school prepared to attend a four-year college are much less likely to gain full access to our country’s economic, political, and social opportunities. In this study, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Jay P. Greene, Ph.D., and Senior Research Associate Greg Forster, Ph.D., estimate the percentage of students in the public high school class of 2001 who actually possess the minimum qualifications for applying to four-year colleges. The study finds that, nationally, only 32% of students in the Class of 2001 were college ready, with significantly lower rates for black and Hispanic students. This suggests that the main reason these groups are underrepresented in college admissions is that they are not acquiring college-ready skills in the K-12 system, rather than inadequate financial aid or affirmative action policies.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Executive Summary

About the Authors

Acknowledgements

About Education Working Papers

Introduction

Previous Research

High School Graduation Rate

College Readiness Rate

Method

High School Graduation Rate

College Readiness Rate

Comparison of Overall, College-Ready, and College-Entering Populations

Results

High School Graduation Rate

College Readiness Rate

Comparison of Overall, College-Ready, and College-Entering Populations

Conclusion

Endnotes

References

Appendix

Table 1: High School Graduation Rate by State and Race

Table 2: Ranking of States by High School Graduation Rate

Table 3: Ranking of States by White High School Graduation Rate

Table 4: Ranking of States by Black High School Graduation Rate

Table 5: Ranking of States by Hispanic High School Graduation Rate

Table 6: Ranking of States by Asian High School Graduation Rate

Table 7: Ranking of States by American Indian High School Graduation Rate

Table 8: Proportion of All Students Who Graduate with College-Ready Transcripts

Table 9: College Readiness Rate

Table 10: Comparison of Overall, College-Ready, and College-Entering Populations in 2000

 


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