Improving postsecondary outcomes for District of Columbia students : an assessment of the "Double the Numbers" initiative
Thesis (M.P.P.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. District of Columbia high school graduation rates and college attendance rates currently fall well below the national average. Recent research suggests that only 9% of all students who enter high school in the District of Columbia eventually earn a postsecondary degree. In order to address this issue, the Double the Numbers Coalition (DTN) was formed in 2007 with the goal of "doubling the number" of high school and college graduates by 2012. The D.C. Achievers program, a key component of this initiative, creates greater access to postsecondary opportunities by providing scholarships for low-income students at six traditionally underserved schools. This study examines college entrance trends at two participating Achievers schools from 2006 to 2009 and determines that students who participate in the Achievers program are more likely to attend college than their peers. These students are also more likely to enroll in college directly after high school.
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