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Document Number: 5898

Public High School Graduation and College-Readiness Rates: 1991-2002 - This study applies a respected method to calculate high school graduation rates, and contrasts these results with a calcuation of the percentage of students who leave high school “college ready”– meaning with the skills and knowledge needed to attend a four-year institution. According to the authors’ methodology, only one-third of entering public school 9th graders complete their education with a diploma and the prerequisites to apply to a four-year college, with this rate even lower among African American and Latino students. The authors likewise evaluate existing research on graduation rates, compare the numbers of college-ready youth with college enrollment rates, and evaluate the trends in high school graduation and college-readiness rates from 1991 to 2002. (Jay P. Greene and Marcus A. Winters, Manhattan Institute, February 2005)...

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