Pipeline to Success: Supporting California’s Foster Youth from High School to Community College.
Educational Results Partnership. California College Pathways.
Published: October 2019
Educational Results Partnership
428 J Street #320
Sacramento, CA 95814
This report links California K-12 and community college data to explore how foster youth compare to their peers in transitioning from high school to community college, factors that predict the success along the transition between high school and community college, and barriers or risk factors that contribute to the equity gap between foster youth and their peers in transitioning from high school to college. Findings indicate: equity gaps in high school achievement persist for foster youth; throughout high school, foster youth experience barriers that impede academic success; school mobility and suspensions and exclusions while in high school negatively impact academic success in the first year of community college; foster youth are applying to college at high rates but many do not subsequently enroll; in their first year of community college, foster youth are not performing at the same level as their peers; addressing systemic barriers for high school foster youth improves college success; efforts to increase foster youth access to financial and academic services are working; and foster youth are receiving fee waivers in community college at greater rates than their non-foster peers. Recommendations are made for reducing school mobility for foster youth, addressing suspensions and expulsions for foster youth, providing funding for specific supports for foster youth within K-12 systems, developing strategies to link application with enrollment, increasing financial and educational supports, and creating data system that allow data sharing across K-12, colleges, and child welfare to enhance the identification of foster youth in college systems. 10 tables and 27 references.
California; postsecondary education; foster adolescents; children with disabilities; financial assistance; barriers; academic achievement; guidelines