What Can We Learn from Rhode Island’s New Data about Students Experiencing Foster Care?

A pencil sitting on top of an exam sheet.

By Mauriell Amechi Academic preparation in high school is one of the strongest predictors of college enrollment and choice. But access to high-quality schooling experiences remains elusive for young people experiencing foster care. Although youth in care typically aspire to attain a college education, it is well-documented that they face severe barriers, including disproportionate exclusionary…

Read More

It’s Time to Stop Ignoring K-12 Students in Foster Care

A group of people in graduation gowns holding diplomas.

By Mauriell Amechi Only a quarter of New York City (NYC) youth who spent time in foster care achieved a high school diploma, according to a recent report by the NYC Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) (see Figure 1). By comparison, students attending NYC high schools achieved an overall completion rate of 77…

Read More