On Monday I posted on the impact of parental socioeconomic status as it pertains to their children’s educational outcomes. In reviewing the post I failed to display 1 of 3 findings the authors made. I think I did this because the data failed to demonstrate a point that I will be anxious to make in future posts regarding the book.
I will post now the data that speaks to kids who drop out of school only to later come back and earn their GED instead of obtaining a high school dipploma. The graph is here:
As you can see, SES has a large impact on whether or not a child obtains a GED or stays in school to earn her high school diploma. The wealthiest families generate graduates 9x more often than the poorest families of kids who drop out but come back to earn either their GED or diploma.