Falling Out of the Lead: Following High Achievers through High School and Beyond
This report presents a mixed-method study that investigated high-achieving high school students’ success on key indicators of post-secondary school readiness. The authors used data from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 to examine college enrollment patterns and college readiness indicators, such as high school course-taking, success on AP tests, SAT/ACT scores, and academic GPAs. The authors compared the data by subgroup, including race/ethnicity and socio-economic status (SES). To supplement the quantitative data, the authors interviewed five high-achieving, diverse, low-income students to illustrate the importance of school experiences in preparing students for life after high school.