By James D. AllenFourFourTwoA new survey by the Education Department shows that, while the number of students who feel a sense of urgency to get their education up and running is rising, there’s still a huge gap between what students expect and what they actually get.
The survey found that only 35 percent of all students believe that they’ll be able to get into college in their first four years.
That’s down from 59 percent in the last survey in 2016.
The department says that’s because students aren’t being able to access a variety of scholarships and financial aid that could help them get there.
“A big part of our education system is that students are really, really focused on the first four-year college, and they’re not really focused enough on the rest of their education, the things that really matter in the life of the student,” said Betsy Ehrlich, assistant secretary of education for higher education and workforce development.
But students are more worried about the impact of a bad school year than they are about the academic performance of their teachers, principals and school staff.
More than two-thirds of students are worried about a school failing to meet expectations for academic performance, compared to 34 percent who are not worried.
And when it comes to student stressors like racism and bullying, students are twice as likely as non-students to report experiencing them.
The Department of Education says the numbers have improved, but more work is needed to improve how schools treat students.
They also said they hope the survey will spur schools to create more flexible learning plans and allow students to get the best possible start in college.
The department says the survey was conducted among 8,823 students across the country.
The full report will be released in the fall.