Doubts Raised on Findings on Low-Income Students

November 30, 2015

Many educators have expressed concern about the findings in a new analysis from the American Council on Education, which note a significant drop since 2008 in the proportion of low-income recent high school graduates who enroll in college. But some analysts are raising questions about the analysis because it is based on data from the Current Population Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau.

The above tweet links to this article from March -- by Matthew M. Chingos of the Brookings Institution and Susan Dynarski of the University of Michigan -- that questions the reliability of income data from the survey, and cautions against drawing conclusions from it on questions of student access to higher education.

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