Learning From Student Voice: How Prepared Do Students Feel for College and Career?

Learning From Student Voice: How Prepared Do Students Feel for College and Career?

Asian- and African-American high school students are slightly more likely than their white peers to say they expect to attend a two- or four-year college, a report from YouthTruth Student Survey finds. Based on an online survey conducted in partnership with public school districts in twenty-one states, the report, Learning From Student Voice: How Prepared Do Students Feel for College and Career? (HTML or 8 pages, PDF), found that while 84 percent of the more than fifty-five thousand respondents said they wanted to go to college, only 68 percent expected to do so, including 81 percent of Asian-American students, 75 percent of African-American students, 71 percent of white students, 67 percent of multiracial students, 65 percent of Latino students, and 76 percent of students who identified as "other." Only about half of all respondents, however, said their schools had helped them develop the skills and knowledge they will need for college-level classes, and few reported using support services such as college entrance exam preparation (36 percent) or counseling with respect to career possibilities (31 percent), admissions requirements (27 percent), the application process (27 percent), or paying for school (19 percent).