Exemplary college graduation rates from four-year colleges are the gold-standard by which we measure our success.
It is widely believed that the chances an average student in one of the big 50 urban school districts will receive a four-year college degree are extraordinarily low. The most commonly-referenced statistic holds that 1 out of 10 students entering a big urban school district in an open-admissions high school receive a college degree. These are the odds our students are fighting against and the kind of statistics that drive our work.
How the Match Schools measure college persistence
Generally speaking, there is no standard protocol by which other charter schools or districts report their data. Most data, like the data referenced above, is released as a part of larger studies by non-profits or civic-minded organizations.
College-Going and Completion Rates among Match High School Graduates
For the last decade, Match has sent 80-95% of our high school graduates each year to 4-year colleges. We now have firm college completion data on our high school graduates from 2004 to 2009, all of whom have been given six years to finish 4-year college degrees.
Among these six early graduating classes from our high school, 93% enrolled in a 4-year college and 52% have completed a 4-year degree. In these early cohorts, an additional 13% are still enrolled in a 4-year college and might still earn a degree, and 8% have obtained a 2-year degree.
Our early college completion results are similar to recently released college-completion results at KIPP, YES Prep, and other national high-performing charter organizations. And, as the chart below makes clear, our college results are far ahead of the norm for low-income high school graduates nationally.