My college guidance in high school was trial and error. I took the SAT test without preparing for it and applied to colleges I had never visited or connected with.
I survived the odds. Navigation 101 improves the chances [of college readiness]. Evaluations by the Bothell-based BERC Group show noteworthy results:
• Navigation 101 high-school-graduation rates are 20 percent higher than rates in similar schools.
• College enrollment rates for Hispanic students who participated in Navigation 101 rose by 30 percent and by 10 percent for African-American students.
Algebra is a critical threshold for students aspiring to college, especially those who want to study science, technology, engineering or math. Navigation 101 students taking eighth-grade algebra went up by 13 percent. Similar increases were seen in participants seeking out high-school chemistry, physics and, to a lesser extent, advanced math.
Beyond academics, students at Navigation 101 schools reported an increased “sense of belonging” and focus on their futures.
Lynne K. Varner of The Seattle Times wrote on editorial on why "The state Legislature ought to agree on funding for Navigation 101, purposeful college and career guidance for middle schools and high schools." In it, she references data from our Navigation 101 evaluations.
Read the full editorial on The Seattle Times website. Learn more about our program evaluation services.
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