Differences in access to supports in high school contribute to variation in access to postsecondary opportunities. The study's authors compare nationally representative survey response data from the 2020 and 2021 Learn Together Surveys to examine differences in how high school teachers and principals provided supports to students for successful postsecondary transitions before and during the first year of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Through their analysis, the authors identify equity gaps in which groups of students reportedly received sufficient supports.
- Access to supports for postsecondary transitions was unevenly distributed across student groups.
- High school teachers reported providing fewer students with college and career readiness supports one year into the COVID-19 pandemic.
- High school principals and teachers desired more staff to help with postsecondary transitions.