The Achievement Checkup
By Alex Schuh
The Achievement Checkup is a cross-sectional survey of participants of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Baltimore (CSFB), a private school scholarship organization for low-income students. The report examines scholarship students’ experiences after using scholarships to attend private schools.
In this report, you will learn:
High School Graduation RatesGraduation rates for the CSFB participants who responded to the survey were much higher than both national averages and Baltimore City Public Schools’ graduation rates.
College Enrollment RatesThe majority—84 percent—of scholarship students went on to enroll in college.
College PreparationStronger college preparatory environments were positively correlated with higher college enrollment rates, but the types of preparation high schools offer varies.
Further SuggestionsThe results from this limited survey suggest that low-income students who receive scholarships to private elementary schools may be more likely to pursue college; however, college preparatory programs in high school appear to be essential for students to make the transition.