Plans of High School Graduates
What does this measure?
The self-reported post-graduation plans of high school seniors reported in a state survey.
Why is this important?
Higher education is associated with greater earnings and standard of living. Post-graduate plans are also an indirect measure of the educational strength of the region's schools.
How is Orange County performing?
More students were headed to college, rising from 78% in 2001 to 81% in 2014, and the increase came from growth in the share headed for 2-year colleges, which rose from 34% to 38%. The proportion planning on attending a 4-year college remained fairly steady, 44% in 2001 and 43% in 2014. In 2014, 10% of Orange County seniors planned on finding employment after graduation and 3% planned to join the military, comparable with statewide (excluding NYC) rates.
Overall college-going rates (2- or 4-year) were highest in the Monroe-Woodbury (92%), Florida (89%), Highland Falls (89%), and Washingtonville (89%) school districts. They were lowest (below 75%) in Middletown, Newburgh, and Port Jervis.
Notes about the data
The plans of a high school senior may not come to fruition because of several reasons, including finances, lack of admission opportunities, or a change of plans between the survey and graduation.