Title

NYC Selective Specialized Public High Schools and Honors College STEM Degrees: A Previously Unexplored Relationship

Department

Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Source

Journal of Advanced Academics. Volume 29, Issue 4, Pages 304-320.

Publication Date

2018-11

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between attending one of the nine New York City (NYC) selective specialized public high schools and graduating from an honors college with a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degree, compared with honors college graduates who attended any other high school. A causal-comparative study design was applied. The participants consisted of 1,647 graduates from seven honors colleges, from 2011 to 2015, in the northeastern United States. Of the 1,647 graduates, 482 students graduated from NYC selective specialized public high schools and 1,165 students graduated from other high schools. The study found a significant difference (p < .05) between the two groups. A larger percentage of NYC selective specialized public high schools graduated with a STEM degree from an honors college than students from other high schools. These results support the positive relationship between attending a NYC selective specialized public high school and graduating with a STEM degree from an honors college. Results and implications are discussed.

Keywords

specialized high school, STEM, Honors college, gifted, high-achieving students

DOI

10.1177/1932202X18778816

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