Early College as a Force for Equity in the Post-Pandemic Era

Discussion Paper

Published Date : April 14, 2021

This report presents data on the performance of the first two cohorts of students to graduate from state-designated Early College high schools.

The analysis shows that these students are continuing directly to college and persisting at significantly higher rates than their peers. Adding to MassINC’s growing body of research on Early College, the report estimates how many students these promising programs would need serve to close growing gaps in college completion by race, ethnicity, and income. Applying an equity lens, the analysis charts Massachusetts’s progress reaching this scale and evaluates strategies to accelerate expansion.

This research was made possible by a generous grant provided by the State Street Foundation.

Meet The Authors

Ben Forman

Research Director, MassINC

Simone Ngongi-Lukula

Former Education Equity Fellow, MassINC

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