chapter  6
20 Pages

Preparing for Life after High School

WithCatherine Beck, Heidi Pace

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, between 1990 and 2012, adults with at least a bachelor’s degree were employed at higher rates than were adults without a bachelor’s degree. Academically, English Language Learners (ELL) students’ progress, when compared with their non-ELL age peers, is found wanting. With the growing number of ELL students in our schools, it is incumbent upon educators to intentionally develop a plan to ensure high school completion for these students, and offer a clear pathway to success in postsecondary education. Programs to address first-generation students often begin in high school, which is too late. A successful first-generation program provides in-school tutoring for the students. Many of these students, particularly if they are students of poverty, do not have an adult at home after school who can assist with homework, because they are working.