Income gaps affect how soon students enrol in PSE

October 17, 2013

A new report by the National Student Clearinghouse in the US reveals that the number of high school seniors who begin PSE within one year of graduating and persist through college varies greatly by family income levels. The study examined the effects that factors such as income, ethnicity, and school setting had on how soon students begin PSE and whether they graduate. Only half of seniors who graduated from low-income, rural schools in 2012 began PSE the first fall after graduating, compared with 65% of those from higher income, rural schools. There were more variations based on schools' concentration of minority students. “Providing more opportunities throughout a student's K-12 education, such as greater access to advanced placement and college preparatory classes, and financial assistance for preparation programs can help improve student outcomes,” says Dallas Dance, Superintendent of the Baltimore County Public Schools. University Business