Sparks, S. D. (2013, October 15). School Poverty-More Than Race-Affects Students’ College-Going, Study Finds.

Is this what you would expect? High-poverty schools sent significantly fewer graduates to college in 2012 than higher-income schools, regardless of the schools’ geographic location or racial makeup, according to a new study by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Yet in the long run, more students may be making it to college than previously realized. Schools with more than half of their students in poverty had lower rates of enrollment and lower rates of persistence in two- or four-year colleges than did higher-income schools, but these high-poverty schools looked very similar to each other, in terms of college-going patterns, regardless of whether they were located.

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