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Youth in Foster Care - Assessment of Work Preparation

1. Young adults formerly in foster care are less likely to be employed or enrolled in college at age 19 than their same-age peers nationally.

A. True

B. False


2. What grade level of reading is correlated with working more months at age 19?

A. 9th-grade level or higher

B. 7th-grade level or higher

C. 5th-grade level or higher

D. 3rd-grade level or higher


3. Youth with a very high sense of job preparedness are more likely to have done which of the following when compared to youth with a lower sense of preparedness, regardless of reading ability?

A. To work currently

B. To have worked in the past year

C. To have worked more months

D. All of the above


4. Youth with a very high sense of job preparedness and high reading ability have significantly higher monthly earnings than youth with less preparedness, regardless of reading ability.

A. True

B. False


5. Even with very high job preparedness and high reading ability, youth in foster care showed significantly lower employment and college enrollment compared to youth nationally when based on comparisons to a similarly aged cohort from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.

A. True

B. False


6. Which of the following suggests future earnings and employment for young adults formerly in foster care may lag behind youth nationally?

A. Youth formerly in foster care have lower rates of college enrollment.

B. Youth formerly in foster care who are in college are in two-year, rather than 4-year, institutions.

C. Youth formerly in foster care have higher college dropout rates.

D. All of the above.


7. The young adults currently and formerly in foster care who appear to be faring the best are only faring as well as the national average.  By extension, most youth formerly in foster care are faring well below average with respect to employment and postsecondary education.

A. True

B. False


8. Programs and caregivers should help youth with which of the following, which should in turn increase their sense of preparedness?

A. Become more competent at finding a job.

B. Become more competent at getting a job.

C. Become more competent at keeping a job.

D. All of the above.


9. Programs preparing youth for adulthood should be attentive to reading and other indicators of ability, in addition to their employment preparation.

A. True

B. False


10. High reading ability alone predicts greater employment at age 19.

A. True

B. False


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