article Newsweek — — The worst students at some of America’s best public schools are not doing too well financially, but the ones that are aren’t, say experts.
Here’s how the schools are doing, and what it means for them.
Public schools aren’t being held to their full potential, writes former federal prosecutor Michael T. McManus in The Best Public Schools.
Public school students don’t need to be rich to succeed, writes Daniel C. Smith in the New York Times.
The schools are losing the most money, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Many of the students are not getting any help from parents, says Robert D. Anderson in the Chicago Tribune.
There’s not enough money for the schools to cover the costs of keeping up with students who are not in college, says Anderson in The Chicago Tribune article — The number of students who were not attending college dropped sharply from 2009 to 2011, according the latest data from the U.S. Department of Education.
In 2011, 3.5 million students were enrolled in higher education, but this year, that number fell to 2.3 million.
In the first quarter of this year’s first full academic year, 1.3 percent of students said they had not completed high school.
That’s down from 1.6 percent in the first three quarters of this century, according a report by the National Center for Education Statistics.
The number dropped even more in the second quarter.
A study of students attending community colleges found that more than half of them were still in school when they graduated.
They were less likely to have earned a bachelor’s degree, which is considered the minimum to obtain a full-time job.
It is unclear whether these dropouts are still in college or if they are leaving for better opportunities elsewhere.
Some public school students are taking more time off from school to focus on college, according that same report.
“There is a huge demand for college-educated young adults,” says Michael A. Pinto, who heads the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at the University of California at Los Angeles.
But he said that while the number of college graduates is growing, there are a lot more graduates than there are students attending public schools.
The education gap is widening among African Americans, says Pinto.
Public-school teachers are being replaced by adjuncts, he says.
Many teachers have been replaced by computer-literate technology workers, says Mark L. Wittenberg, director of the School Reform Initiative at the Teachers College Fund.
Students are not being taught the skills they need to succeed in college and beyond, says Wittenberry, who has studied the educational impacts of the recession.
He notes that the percentage of students graduating from public schools has increased dramatically, and that a high percentage of high school students today have not completed college.
Some states have passed new laws to help schools keep up with the growth of students.
New Jersey, for instance, allows schools to give students free or reduced-price meals for up to 24 hours a week if they don’t have enough money to cover meals.
Connecticut passed a law last year to help students pay for college by reducing tuition by 25 percent for families with incomes below $100,000 and by 50 percent for those with incomes above $100.
And a proposal to eliminate federal loans to students who earn less than $125,000 will be introduced by Gov.
Dannel P. Malloy in the upcoming legislative session.
Public high schools have a higher percentage of minority students than they did five years ago, according data from The College Board.
Some of the increase is driven by high-achieving students graduating in the summer.
But it also reflects a trend of rising minority enrollment, according David P. Givens, a professor at George Mason University who studies education.
He says that as students in college get better at reading and math, and students who start in high school get better on the SAT, the proportion of minority high school graduates who graduate is growing.
But in some areas, like math and reading, it’s falling, according Givins.
A disproportionate share of public high school graduation rates come from minority students, according this data from U.K. education researcher Nick Beal.
The data comes from the National Student Survey.
The majority of students in public high schools are from low-income families, according Beal, who says it’s hard to measure this without knowing how many are going on to college.
The percentage of low- and moderate-income students in high schools has been declining for years.
And it’s not getting better, he adds.
The numbers are so large that they can’t be ignored, says Beal in a phone interview.
They show that the public schools in these places are struggling to meet the needs of a growing population. “If you