My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.
NCLB and College Preparation: Little Is Funded
Title 1 the main funding source for NCLB
provides 14 billion annually, but only 6% of this money goes to high schools and 15% goes to middle and high schools combined ! So not much college preparation can be provided to low income students who are at risk of not completing college because of poor academic skills and knowledge. This needs to be a major focus of NCLB reauthorization. Foundation support for college preparation can not come close to matching the potential of Title 1 as a funding source.
I doubt adding new categorical programs for high schools is the best route. Congress is considering a billion for Success in Middle Schools Act
, and 2.5 billion for a Graduation Promise Act
. But college prep needs to be at the core of NCLB, not an add on through yet another underfunded categorical.
Labels: academic preparation College Completion, College Preparation