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Half of all Colorado high schools don’t send majority of their graduates to college

By Elizabeth Hernandez | The Denver Post
BOULDER, CO - MAY 22: Students pose for photos before Arvada West High Schools graduation ceremony at the Coors Events Center on the Campus of the University of Colorado on May 22, 2013 in Boulder, Colorado. Arvada West High School celebrated it's 50th graduating class this year. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)
Seth McConnell

Half of all Colorado high schools don’t send a majority of their graduates to a college, trade school or any other variety of postsecondary program, according to a new report released Tuesday by an educational advocacy group.

A+ Colorado’s report, “A Seat at the Table: Colorado Students’ Access to Top Colleges,” tracks where high school students attended college from 2009 to 2015 to determine which schools were most successful in not only sending scholars to college, but to top-tier schools.

“We know that particularly for low-income kids and students of color, the difference between going to a selective, top-performing school will have a huge impact on their lives and their family trajectory,” said Van Schoales, CEO of A+ Colorado. “We wanted to know where are these places? Where were high schools creating an economic opportunity for these folks?”

The “Seat at the Table” report originally was issued in 2017, but was retracted soon after because it contained “significant” data errors. A+ Colorado partnered with the Colorado Department of Higher Education to identify and correct the mistakes, according to the new report.

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