Do Schools Make a Difference? A Study of High School Effects and First Year College Success

  • Wade Smith Louisiana State University
  • Jason Droddy Louisiana State University
  • A. J. Guarino Massachusetts General Institute of Health
Keywords: accountability, school effects, college retention

Abstract

Schools across America are being ranked for their effectiveness on a number of student criteria, among them preparation of students for a successful college experience. This study investigates the relationship between graduating seniors, their successful first year retention in college and several personal and school related factors. The study also explores the relationships between school accountability rankings and the demographics of the respective schools in an effort to assess school effect sizes for student growth, a mandate of NCLB. Nearly 11,000 high school seniors from more than 280 schools were included in the analyses.

Author Biographies

Wade Smith, Louisiana State University
Superintendent, Louisiana State University Laboratory School
Jason Droddy, Louisiana State University
Director, Chancellor's Office
A. J. Guarino, Massachusetts General Institute of Health
Professor, Biostatistics
Published
2011-05-28
How to Cite
Smith, W., Droddy, J., & Guarino, A. J. (2011). Do Schools Make a Difference? A Study of High School Effects and First Year College Success. Current Issues in Education, 14(2). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/699
Section
Articles