ConnCAN says yawning racial gaps persist
NEW HAVEN — The Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) has released a new issue brief, “Connecticut Graduation Rates.” Using data from the Class of 2008 (the most recent year for which data is available), the document analyzes graduation rates by race and gender in Connecticut and nationwide.
The valium generic also discusses the economic and social impact of not graduating from high school prepared for college and careers.
Key points include:
• The statewide graduation rate has not improved since 2003. Each year, 9,000 Connecticut high-schoolers do not graduate — nearly enough students to fill UConn’s Gampel Pavilion, the report notes.
• The graduation rate gap between Latino and white (non-Latino) students is 31.8 points. The gap between African-American and white students is 22.5 points.
• Dropouts from the Class of 2008 will lose in the aggregate more than $2.5 billion in lifetime earnings because they lack a high school diploma.
• The state of Connecticut spends $84 million annually on college remediation in basic subjects because 65 to 72 percent of state college and university students enter college ill-prepared for the work.
This brief emphasizes yet again the need for fundamental change in Connecticut’s public education system,” according to Alex Johnston, CEO of the New Haven-based public education advocacy group. “We cannot afford to lose 9,000 students every year. We cannot continue to spend so much time and money in remediation classes for the students who enter college unprepared for post-secondary work.
“Only by pursuing structural reforms, including policies to guarantee all public school students fair funding for their education and a great teacher every year, will Connecticut be able to graduate all its students equipped for the challenges of college and careers,” added Johnston.The entire report may be viewed at conncan.org/sites/default/files/CTGradRates-Web.pdf.
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