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ERIC Number: ED508672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar-2
Pages: 45
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Can I Get a Little Advice Here? How an Overstretched High School Guidance System Is Undermining Students' College Aspirations
Johnson, Jean; Rochkind, Jon
Public Agenda
Recent studies of the guidance system as it operates in public schools today indicate that counselors are often overworked and underprepared when it comes to helping students make the best decisions about their lives after high school. This survey of young adults aged 22 through 30 conducted by Public agenda for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation offers disturbing confirmation that, at least in the eyes of students themselves, the system is failing. Interviews were conducted from May 7 to June 24, 2009, using both landline and cellular telephones, and respondents had the choice of completing the interview in English or Spanish. The margin of error for the report is plus or minus 4.8 percentage points. However, it is higher when comparing subgroups or question items that weren't asked of all respondents. The survey was preceded by five focus groups conducted in sites across the country. (Contains 17 footnotes.) [This paper was written with Amber N. Ott and Samantha DuPont. It is the second in a series. For the first, "With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them: Myths and Realities about Why So Many Students Fail to Finish College," see ED507432.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Public Agenda