ERIC Number: ED427280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Do Gatekeeper Courses Expand Education Options? Statistics in Brief.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
The data in this report were obtained from the base-year and follow-up surveys of the National Education Longitudinal Study of the Eighth Grade Class of 1988 (NELS:88). NELS:88 began with a sample of 1,052 schools and 24,599 eighth graders. The results of this report apply to students who were eighth-graders in 1988 and graduated from high school in 1992. Results show that not all students who take higher-level math or foreign language courses in high school apply to four-year colleges or universities during their senior year in high school. However, students who do enroll in algebra or foreign language during eighth grade are more likely to pursue a four-year postsecondary education at the end of high school. This is true regardless of the level of math or foreign language attained by these students. For those students who aspire to obtain a postsecondary degree, it is useful for the planning process to commence as early as eighth grade or even before. The results of this study are useful for students who plan to attend college and their parents in determining some of the factors that are associated with their child attaining academic success. Includes graphs and tables depicting study results. (Author/MKA)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.