Low-Income, Minority Students Lag in High School Grad Rates

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Media Outlet: Associated Press

Abigail Swisher was quoted by the Associated Press on the benefit of dual enrollment for underprivileged groups of students:

Abigail Swisher, an education expert with New America said dual enrollment - allowing students to enroll in college-level courses while still in high school - has been shown to improve graduation rates for underprivileged groups of students.
"We found that the counterintuitive solution would be to actually give them more challenging coursework in the form of opportunities to complete college level work in high school," she said. "When they have this opportunity ... they are more likely to enroll in college and persist with their degree in college as well."

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Abigail Swisher is a program associate with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the PreK-12 team, where her work focuses primarily on college- and career-ready policies.