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Document Number: 6928

Closing the Aspirations-Attainment Gap: Implications for High School Reform - While over 90% of the juniors surveyed in three predominately African American and Latino high schools said they hoped to attend a four-year college, the researcher found that only 6.5 of 100 entering freshmen in the Chicago Public Schools would graduate from a four-year college within six years. This paper identifies specific strategies likely to increase students' likelihood of achieving their stated goals. Strategies include increasing students' readiness for high school-level work, and focusing on course failure and 9th grade. The author indicates activities likely to increase students' persistence to and through postsecondary, such as requiring high schools to provide the information and academic experiences that will communicate to students and their families what "preparation" for college actually entails. (Melissa Roderick, Consortium on Chicago School Research, University of Chicago, April 2006)...

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