Reports

Educational Success of Colorado Students in Foster Care

What we have learned and future directions for actionable research

Insight into the 2017 Drop in Foster Care Graduation Rates

An examination of trends in dropout events, academic proficiency, school mobility, and child welfare placement changes for the foster care classes of 2014 to 2017

Project Abstract

This study examined the relationship between school mobility for Colorado students in foster care and educational attainment outcomes, specifically earning high school diploma, a high school equivalency diploma (e.g., through examination such as a GED), or exiting the K-12 system without a credential. After examining the study’s findings, the Colorado legislature passed the Educational Stability for Foster Youth Act, which provided $2.9 million for foster care youth to remain in their school of origin after being relocated from their prior home placement.

The Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab published research on the experiences of youth in foster care. The first report summarizes the results to date of the Colorado Study of Students in Foster Care; the second examines a recent drop in the graduation rate for foster youth and opportunities to improve this graduation rate in the future.

Agencies

Colorado Department of Education

Colorado Department of Human Services

Research Partners: 

University of Northern Colorado

Mile High United Way