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High schools as launch pads: How college-going culture improves graduation rates in low-income high schools

Author(s):Schramm, J.B., & Sagawa, S.
Organization(s): College Summit
Description:This paper argues that in order to raise graduation rates, schools need to stop seeing high school graduation as their ultimate goal and start seeing themselves as a launch pad for college and career success. The paper supports this argument with 1) College Summit’s experience over the past fifteen years, 2) studies on factors affecting student graduation, and 3) lessons learned from best practices in the field. These sources confirm that building a college-going culture in high school not only increases the likelihood of college degree attainment, but also improves the likelihood that students will graduate from high school college-ready.
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