55.6 percent of Crab Orchard High School's 2015 graduating class enrolled in college
Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) records show that 55.6 percent of Crab Orchard High School's (COHS) 2015 graduating class enrolled in college within 12 months of graduation.
The 2015 state average for students in public schools was 70 percent.
For COHS, its college enrollment rate marks a decline since 2014, when 63.9 percent of its graduates chose post-secondary education.
The data, collected by the National Student Clearinghouse, includes two- and four-year colleges.
Enrollment at COHS in 2015 was 149; 34 (22.82 percent) were seniors.
Also according to ISBE, 28.9 percent of COHS seniors were "college ready" in 2015, versus an average of 46 percent statewide.
All students who score a 21 on the ACT qualify as "college ready."
Among high schools in Southeast Illinois, the class of 2015 college readiness rates at Harrisburg High School (38.2 percent), Pope County High School (34.1 percent), Hamilton County Junior/Senior High School (32.2 percent), Hardin County High School (31.4 percent), Zeigler-Royalton High School (36.8 percent) and Sesser-Valier High School (37 percent) were all higher than at COHS. Joppa Junior & Senior High School (21.4 percent), Cairo Junior/Senior High School (10 percent), Christopher High (27.5 percent), and Joppa Junior & Senior High School (21.4 percent) were all lower.
COHS students did better on reading (34.2 percent) and English (52.6 percent) and worse on science (18.4 percent) and math (23.7 percent).
Only 13.2 percent of COHS students were college ready in all four subjects, according to ISBE.
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