'Course, Counselor, and Teacher Gaps: Addressing the College Readiness Challenge in High-Poverty High Schools'

'Course, Counselor, and Teacher Gaps: Addressing the College Readiness Challenge in High-Poverty High Schools'

Inadequate college preparation in elementary and secondary school creates a significant barrier to postsecondary education among students living in poverty, a report from finds. Based on an analysis of the  hundred largest school districts in the United States, the report, (17 pages, PDF), highlights the stark differences in the quality of preparation students receive in high-poverty schools compared with students in low-poverty schools. The study also found that high-poverty schools — which serve one in five public school students, most of them students of color — are less likely to be taught by more experienced and qualified teachers, offer college prep courses, or have a counselor on staff. The report calls for tracking access to experienced teachers, college prep courses, and counselors on a school-by-school basis and taking steps to increase access; more partnerships with institutions of higher education; and a systemic reform of school funding formulas.