Education Working Paper
No. 8 February 2005
Public High School Graduation and College-Readiness Rates: 1991–2002
About the Authors
Jay P. Greene is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Education Research Office, where he conducts research and writes about education policy. He has conducted evaluations of school choice and accountability programs in Florida, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and San Antonio. He has also recently published research on high school graduation rates, charter schools, and special education.
His research was cited four times in the Supreme Court's opinions in the landmark Zelman v. Simmons-Harris case on school vouchers. His articles have appeared in policy journals, such as The Public Interest, City Journal, and Education Next, in academic journals, such as The Georgetown Public Policy Review, Education and Urban Society, and The British Journal of Political Science, as well as in major newspapers, such as the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.
Greene has been a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston. He received his B.A. in history from Tufts University in 1988 and his Ph.D. from the Government Department at Harvard University in 1995. He lives with his wife and three children in Weston, Florida.
Marcus A. Winters is a research associate at the Manhattan Institute's Education Research Office, where he studies and writes on education policy. He has performed several studies on a variety of education policy issues including high-stakes testing, charter schools, and the effects of vouchers on the public school system. His op-ed articles have appeared in numerous newspapers, including the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Chicago Sun-Times. He received his B.A. in political science with departmental honors from Ohio University in 2002.
The authors would like to thank the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their generosity in funding this study. They would like to thank the staff of the National Center of Education Statistics, in particular its director Bob Learner, for their assistance acquiring the data necessary to perform this study. The authors are also grateful for the assistance of Greg Forster and Louis Deszeran in the production of the report.
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