Improving College and Career Outcomes of Low-Performing High School Students

Improving College and Career Outcomes of Low-Performing High School Students. Brookings Institution. Louis S. Jacobson. April 26, 2017

There is growing recognition that there are many career-enhancing pathways through four-year and community colleges. Nevertheless, many students leave high school without the skills needed to complete the most demanding academic pathways, nor realistic plans for completing alternative pathways that are far more likely to lead to desirable outcomes.

This situation can be improved by high schools helping those disengaged students who are uninterested in attending college see personally meaningful connections between high school, college, and careers, and by helping non-college-ready students who are interested in attending college recognize their deficits and develop skills for college success. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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