Although the rate of high school graduation among American students reaches an all-time high, Oregon shows that this rise doesn’t automatically mean higher college attendance. A new report implies that even as Oregon is constantly on the make progress on enhancing the number of kids who get a high school diploma, nearly 40% of them end the amount at that point rather than take advantage of any higher education opportunities.
Only 61% of 2011 high school graduates from the state enrolled in a college program, including four-year and vocational schools, by the fall of 2012 according to data collected by the National Student Clearinghouse. This puts Oregon dead last among all the states when it comes to college attendance; nationwide, 68% of yankee students who graduate high school go on to college.
The tendency to forgo advanced schooling is especially prevalent among male and Hispanic students. Only 46% of Latinos and 56% of male graduates signed up for college after earning their high school degree in 2011. These figures prove that Oregon includes a long way to go before it may reach the goal that state legislators set 2 yrs ago to raise their college enrollment numbers among high school graduates to 80%.
Many experts feel that the issue could lie in the quality of the high schools and how well they’re preparing students for college-level work.
Principals, counselors and researchers all say schools play a big role in whether many students go to college. To obtain there, students need rigorous senior high school classes that impart the reading, writing, math and analytical skills required to cut it attending college, says?Oregon schools chief Rob Saxton.?For that reason, Tigard-Tualatin schools, where he was superintendent for seven years before you take the state post last summer, eliminated low-level math and science courses, he said. But many Oregon students don’t get enough rigor, sometimes because schools offer watered down classes and sometimes because?schools can’t afford to offer a full slate of classes to juniors and seniors,?Saxton and other said. ACT test results suggest no more than half of Oregon high school students are academically ready?for school.
Some districts have solved this issue by creating partnerships with local college campuses to reveal their students to more rigorous college courses while they\’re still in high school. Jefferson High School in Portland takes part in such an arrangement using the nearby Portland State University. Roughly half of Jefferson students take at least one PSU course, that allows them not just to access more complex academic material but additionally to get accustomed to being in a university environment, including learning how to navigate a school campus.