Outline to Improve the Postsecondary Education Outcomes of Students from Foster Care

The contents of this report were drawn from a national convening held in 2013 on the postsecondary struggles of students who spent time in the foster care system.

It begins with a profile of either promising or evidence-based strategies being employed by different states to improve the college success of foster youths. Stepping back a bit, Section Two examines the central issues that negatively affect academic progress for this group.

This is followed by a set of recommendations for improving things:

  • Establishment of a national coalition focused solely on higher education issues for foster youth
  • Develop a national strategy for improving educational outcomes
  • Build a data collection infrastructure that enables better and faster communication between child welfare systems and local school systems and colleges
  • Develop national standards on serving the unique educational needs of foster youths

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