Accounting firm Deloitte released a new survey this week on education contrasting the views of parents and teachers on the role of high schools.
According to the Deloitte 2009 Education Survey: “We are failing our low-income students. Too few are graduating high school. Too few feel prepared for college. And too few educators seem focused on this situation.”
The survey found:
- Only 9 percent of high school teachers think that preparing students for college is their primary mission.
- Only 10 percent of high school teachers think that ensuring students graduate is their primary mission.
- But nearly half of all parents and students believe that college preparation is their high school’s primary mission.
-Sixty percent of teachers said it was important to them personally that the students from their high school attend college. Thirty-six percent said it was “somewhat important.”
In a statement, Deloitte CEO Barry Salzberg said:
What parents and students