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Identifying and Supporting Underrepresented High School Students

High rates of drop-out, failure, and underperformance, especially among minority and low-income students, are testimony to the way school systems can fail those it should be lifting up. What are the key indicators we should track to ensure we progress towards equity and equality in education?

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Identifying and Supporting Underrepresented High School Students

High rates of drop-out, failure, and underperformance, especially among minority and low-income students, are testimony to the way school systems can fail those it should be lifting up. What are the key indicators we should track to ensure we progress towards equity and equality in education?
56.6M
people impacted
$627.3B
potential funding
the problem
Nature and Context

In the United States, poorer students from minority backgrounds are often failed due to largely under-resourced public education systems, resulting in a lack of exposure to more challenging and interesting opportunities to learn, while also suffering from the low expectations of their teachers. The impact of low expectations, and the subsequent resource allocation cycle, limits students who could otherwise excel.

Research suggests that each year over 600,000 low-income students in the U.S. miss out on the opportunity to be placed in advanced classes that could provide the training they need to succeed in post-secondary institutions.

Symptoms and Causes

Racial Segregation and Academic Achievement Gaps

The legacy of racism and segregation in America's public institutions has resulted in a racial achievement gap in the education system. Racial segregation is harmful to low-income and minority students because it concentrates minority students in high-poverty schools, which are less effective than low-poverty schools (Stanford CEPA).

Educational outcomes for minority and low-income children are much more a function of their unequal access to key educational resources, including skilled teachers and quality curriculum, than they are a function of race (Darling-Hammond).

Health-Related Absenteeism

Low-income and disadvantaged school-aged children have less access to routine and preventative healthcare. Support measures must integrate student health to maximize the benefit of increased in-school and curriculum-based resources.

Normalized Remediation

In schools with higher proportions of disadvantaged students, teachers have little time and few resources to challenge exceptional students who can overcome hardships in many facets of their lives that typically interfere with learning. (Economic Policy Institute)

the impact
Negative Effects

The racial achievement gap, and expectations of public education professionals and systems of low-income and minority students, has created an environment that perpetuates disparity in educational and economic opportunity through generations. Unequal educational experiences sortable by identity result in the racialization of:

  • Drop-out rates

  • Failure

  • Underperformance

Research by Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education at Stanford University, shows that poor students from minority backgrounds in the U.S. often fall behind because they are not exposed to more challenging and interesting opportunities to learn, and suffer from the low expectations of their teachers.

Economic Impact
Success Metrics
  • Increased enrollment for low-income and minority students in AP and IB programs.

  • Improved aggregate standardized test scores for low-income and minority students.

  • Increased participation of student success organizations in underperforming schools and districts.

who benefits from solving this problem
Organization Types
  • School districts

  • AP and IB programs

  • Superintendent of Public Instruction

Stakeholders
  • Students

  • Parents

  • Schools

  • Districts

  • Counties

  • State Education Systems

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Ideas Description

Tech Solutions

Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) uses sophisticated data mining techniques to identify students who would benefit from moving into advanced classes which are more interesting and challenging. That helps keep them motivated and improves their results, quite dramatically.

EOS partners with school, district, county and state leaders around the country, identifying thousands of “missing students” and developing systems to ensure these capable students are enrolling and succeeding in the high school classes that will best prepare them to achieve their college goals. EOC works with a vast database of all students on AP and IB programmes to create ways to pinpoint high-potential students who are being overlooked.

For more information on Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS), click here.

Upchieve Free Tutoring Service connects low-income students with live academic support to mitigate some of the impacts of under-resourced schools and districts. In particular, Upchieve provides free 24/7 math tutoring to high school students, and partners directly with schools and nonprofit organizations to provide an online platform that delivers high quality academic support.

Learn more about Upchieve here.

Beyond 12 is increasing the number of low-income, first-generation, and historically underrepresented students who graduate from college. In partnership with high schools and colleges, our technology platform and our coaches together provide students with the academic, social, and emotional support they need to succeed in higher education and in life.

Find more insights on Beyond 12 here.

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