National trends and goals have pushed beyond the dropout crisis and are now focused on raising the percentage of graduates prepared for college and career. This study examined a longitudinal cohort (<i>n</i> = 6443) of students in an urban, public school district in order to explore how districts and communities can redirect off-track high school students. The researchers explored timing to first-time college readiness in English and math using Event History Analysis. Variables under investigation included gender, first-generation college student status, college aspiration, enrollment in college preparatory courses, and participation in organized, extracurricular, college preparatory activities. Results indicated a studentâs chances of being on the college-ready trajectory were highest in the 8<sup>th</sup> grade. Findings also revealed a positive association between higher parent education levels and college preparatory course enrollment, particularly in math.
The High School Journal – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Apr 23, 2015