Research and Evaluation

 Graduate Survey Report, Class of 2008



During the 2007-2008 school year (SY2008), the Department of Research and Evaluation was tasked with conducting the SY2008 Graduate Survey to determine what Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) graduates plan to do with their lives, and their opinion about how attending a PGCPS high school helped or hindered their aspirations. According to the survey results, nearly 80% of respondents said they will go to college – 56% to four-year colleges and 24% to two-year colleges. Approximately 4% said they are going to serve in the military,  8% reported that they will get post-secondary education through an apprenticeship/job-training program or a vocational-technical school, and 6% said they will seek full-time employment upon graduation from high school. Of the students who planned on going to a four-year college, 95% had applied to at least one university; 74% had been offered admission; almost 70% had received admission from the school they plan/hope to attend; and 75% had completed their FAFSA. Among students who said they planned to attend a two-year college, 74% had applied to at least one; 54% had been admitted to at least one; 48% said they had been admitted to the school they most wanted to attend; and 42% had completed their FAFSA. Among respondents who said they planned to enter military service, only 41% had enlisted by the end of SY2008. About 45% of respondents who planned on entering an apprenticeship/job-training program had decided on what type. Of those who said they would seek full-time employment, less than 30% had secured a position. Only about 50% of male respondents said they were going to a four-year college compared to 65% of female students. Only 30% of Hispanic students reported that they would be attending a four-year college. A smaller proportion of FARMS participants indicated that they would be attending a four-year college compared with non-FARMS students – 48% and 59%, respectively. Finally, a majority of respondents (55%) reported that the person who influenced their future plans more than any other was a parent. Recommendations for improving the district’s ability to graduate students who are college- or career-ready are discussed.

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