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Timing is Everything: Getting Students Back on Track to College Readiness in High School

Timing is Everything: Getting Students Back on Track to College Readiness in High School 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 student’s 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The High School Journal University of North Carolina Press

Timing is Everything: Getting Students Back on Track to College Readiness in High School

The High School Journal , Volume 98 (3) – Apr 23, 2015

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2008 The University of North Carolina Press.
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1534-5157

Abstract

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 student’s 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.

Journal

The High School JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Apr 23, 2015

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