Many more Idaho students say they want to go on to college than actually do. That's the finding from a new survey by the Treasure Valley Education Partnership. The data shows 80 percent of high school seniors hope to get a post-secondary education. But just more than half end up in any form of higher education. Leaders say the biggest obstacles are financial and students wanting to take time off from school.
"But we are seeing some positive movement and some great things happening. It's important work that's going to take time focus and attention not just educators but the business community higher-ed nonprofits working together in a partnership to make those numbers move," said Rich Raimondi chair of the Treasure Valley Education Partnership and president of Bishop Kelly High School.
The study also found most students make the decision to go on to post-secondary education by eighth grade.