The Power of Expectations

A study by Sam Houston State shows that only 20 percent of Latino students are “college-ready” in reading and math, compared to more than 50 percent of white students.  While numbers are Texas specific – they’re probably similar to national ones. Several reasons were given for the low numbers including some insights from Latino students:

According to the students, school personnel advised many of them early in their school careers to transfer into lower tracks due to their average levels of performance in advanced courses.

After remaining in the lower track for many years, those students felt unprepared for advanced courses in high school. The opinions of teachers or other school personnel regarding their academic performance factored into the students’ choices to select less challenging courses…

I’ve always believed students rise to level of expectation. However, it works in the opposite direction as well.