All children deserve the opportunity to succeed. But it’s harder than ever to find a path out of poverty without a college education or technical training.
- Low-income students are six times more likely to drop out of high school and fewer than one third of them will enroll in college.
- Connecticut has some of the largest achievement gaps in the country, ranking in the bottom 10% or lower in 14 out of 22 measures.
- A 6th grade student who misses more than 20% of class, whose teacher reports poor behavior, or who fails math or English is 70% more likely to drop out.
- More than 75% of the Connecticut inmate population is without a high school diploma or GED. It costs Connecticut more than twice as much to incarcerate an individual than to educate one.
- High school dropouts cost Connecticut billions. A 5% increase in the state’s male high school graduation rate would lead to $141 million in crime related savings. In 2013, high school drop outs age 25 and older in Connecticut were unemployed at a rate of 18% compared with 4% with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- In 2016, 100% of Horizons seniors graduated from high school and 95% went on to college or post-secondary education.