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Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education

Denver Public Schools (DPS), the Denver Scholarship Foundation, The Piton Foundation, and the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education undertook a study to learn how DPS graduates perform in college. The report describes who enrolls in college, and who persists and earns a college certificate or degree. In addition, the research examines college entrance rates for DPS graduates who earn credit in one or more accelerated courses or programs during high school. Among those offerings are concurrent (college) enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, honors courses, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The study included about 18,000 students who graduated from DPS between 2002 and 2007. Some of the key findings include: (1) Among all DPS graduates from 2002 to 2007, 56 percent enrolled in college; (2) Forty-three percent of all DPS graduates enrolled in accelerated programs or courses; and (3) Overall, DPS graduates have slightly lower college enrollment rates than 18- to 24-year-olds in national data sets; they have enrollment rates similar to 18- to 24- year-olds in communities whose school districts serve a high proportion of Hispanic students. The authors also offer their recommendations based from the findings of the study. Appendices include: (1) National Student Clearinghouse; and (2) Summary of Data Sets. (Contains 15 tables, 33 figures and 49 footnotes.) [Funding for this report was provided by The Piton Foundation and the Denver Scholarship Foundation.]

Descriptors: Honors Curriculum, Public Schools, Advanced Placement, Community Colleges, Acceleration (Education), Enrollment, Advanced Placement Programs, College Graduates, High School Graduates, Graduation Rate, College Attendance, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Low Income Groups, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Access to Education, College Admission

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Autor: Buckley, Pamela; Muraskin, Lana


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