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Report 1 Decoder: Enrollment in Postsecondary Education Graph

Demystifying Our Most Popular StudentTracker for High Schools’ Reports

by NSC Blog | Aug 30, 2018 | K-12, Research Services, StudentTracker for High Schools |

Report 3 Decoder: Completion of Postsecondary Education Graph

The National Student Clearinghouse generates education insights each year on the long-term, postsecondary education outcomes of your high school’s graduates. For your school to turn data that drives action to improve outcomes, you need to know how to interpret each chart from your StudentTracker for High Schools’ report. In this blog series, we’re decoding StudentTracker for High Schools’ most important charts and graphs – so you can use the data with confidence.

Report 3: Completion of Postsecondary Education

Attending college is one thing. Completing college and earning a degree is something else.

The StudentTracker report shows the percentage of your high school’s graduates who earned a college degree (two-year or four-year) within six years of their high school graduation. These outcomes are calculated at the six-year mark, so the most recent cohort for your school will be those who graduated six full years ago.

Like other StudentTracker for High Schools’ reports, this graph can be customized with more specific information, including college type (public/private), level (2 year/4 year), and location (in-state/out-of-state).

Let’s take a look at this sample high school’s completion percentages:

  • Each of the years listed along the bottom of the graph corresponds to one graduating class. In this example, we have data starting with the Class of 2007 (on the left) and ending with the Class of 2009 (on the right).
  • Remember, since the report in this example is from 2015, the first class is 2009 for which we have the full six years of data
  • It doesn’t matter if the student transferred to a different school or dropped out and reenrolled later – the Clearinghouse data tracks your school’s graduates wherever they go
  • The purple line (which in this case ranges between 45 and 49 percent) is the overall percentage of students who graduated with a degree
  • The straight, red line is the average completion percentage across all three graduating classes (in this example, it’s 48 percent)
  • The green line and orange line on the graph show the completion percentages for students at in-state and out-of-state institutions

Let’s look at some graduating class examples.

  • For this school’s 2009 graduating class:
    • 48 percent of the 2009 graduates of this high school graduated within six years
    • 12 percent of the school’s graduates completed their degrees at an out-of-state institution
    • 36 percent of the school’s graduates earned their degrees at an in-state institution
  • For the Class of 2007:
    • 49 percent of the 2007 graduates of this high school graduated within six years
    • 13 percent of the school’s graduates completed their degrees at an out-of-state institution
    • 37 percent of the school’s graduates earned their degrees at an in-state institution

Learn more about StudentTracker for High Schools and how you can use it to get the accurate data you need to improve your college preparation initiatives.

Visit the Clearinghouse Academy to access our StudentTracker for High Schools on-demand webinars, tutorials, and more.

This report shows the percentage of your high school’s graduates who earned a college degree (two-year or four-year) within six years of their high school graduation.

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