The report found students in programs such Advanced Placement are much more likely to attend college than the general MPS population.
Is anyone at all surprised to find that when students who are on free and reduced lunch--a proxy for "poor" are given excellent instruction, and high expectations for achievemnet that they do indeed achieve?? And is anyone further surprised that they go on to college?!
We can and should rescue cgildren's aspirations for learning despite environmental circumstances; and environmental circumstances never excuse our failure to reach and teach children in school.--Lou
"..The report found that students in programs such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate are much more likely to go on to attend college than the general MPS population, which has a postsecondary education enrollment rate of 51.5% during those years.
For the programs studied, college enrollment rates range from 57.8% for one science-related program up to 82.4% for students in International Baccalaureate programs, which are governed by an international organization and offer a curriculum focused on worldly education. Students who graduated with Advanced Placement course exposure enrolled in postsecondary education at a rate about 20 percentage points higher, at 71.4%.
The rates compare to the national average of 66.2% that the Bureau of Labor Statistics released for 2012 high school graduates across the nation in April.
It's not surprising that students motivated to tackle Advanced Placement courses or enroll in International Baccalaureate programs would be more likely to attend college. But the report also suggests that some of the typical achievement gaps that show up in MPS across socioeconomic demographics tend to even out among students involved in the programs that were studied..."