Strategies to improve data on the postsecondary education experiences of foster youth

Youth with foster care experience face challenges throughout postsecondary education. Previous research demonstrates that these older youth have lower rates of college enrollment and degree completion compared to their peers. However, authors of a Hilton Foundation’s Foster Youth Strategic Initiative publication argue that better and more complete data about foster youth and their postsecondary experience can help inform and improve policy and program efforts to support these youth. Authors propose four strategies to improve such data, including examples of how stakeholders in both Los Angeles and New York City have worked towards this goal. Strategies include linking data across public systems, developing appropriate methods to identify youth with foster care experience in postsecondary education, developing common measures of progress across systems, and including participation in employment training and certification under the umbrella of postsecondary education. #olderyouth #education

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