Secondary credentials are required for most of today’s jobs and are often a precursor to—or prerequisite for—college enrollment. Yet, even as rising secondary completion rates have increased the share of students knocking on the door of higher education, longstanding racial and ethnic disparities in secondary attainment remain. As persons of color come to comprise the majority of high school students, understanding and addressing the unique challenges facing students of color will be essential for achieving national higher education goals. Given how many secondary completers enter higher education, trends in the racial and ethnic composition of high school students will likewise inform the demographic composition of American undergraduate and graduate students in the years to come.
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