The report, called "Double the Numbers for College Success: A Call to Action for the District of Columbia," is based on a five-year analysis beginning in 2001 that followed one group of students from ninth grade and a second group of high school graduates from their first year of college. There were 4,300 students in the ninth-grade group and 1,340 in the college group.Frankly, its shameful.
Nationwide, according to the study, 68 percent of students graduate from high school in five years; 48 percent enroll in college within 18 months of graduating from high school; and 23 percent receive degrees within five years of entering college.
But in the District, 43 percent graduate from high school in five years; 29 percent enroll in college within 18 months of graduating from high school; and 9 percent receive a degree within five years of enrolling.
The situation is far worse for students from certain segments of the group: One-third of the students from Wards 7 and 8 graduated from high school, and one in 20 received a college degree. Moreover, males were half as likely to graduate from college as females.
On the heels of the report DCPS superintendent Janey has released a plan to improve those numbers.