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Report 1 Decoder: Enrollment in Postsecondary Education Graph

Demystifying Our Most Popular StudentTracker For High Schools Reports

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

Report 1 Decoder: Enrollment in Postsecondary Education Graph

The National Student Clearinghouse’s StudentTracker® for High Schools service generates lots of helpful data on the long-term postsecondary education outcomes of your high school’s graduates. Aggregate data are presented in a series of charts and graphs. Turn your StudentTracker for High Schools’ data into insights that drive action and improve outcomes.

In this blog and the first in a series, we decode StudentTracker for High Schools’ most important charts and graphs – so you can use the data with confidence.

Report 1: Enrollment in Postsecondary Education

This series of graphs show how many of your school’s graduates are actually enrolled in college. The reports include specific institutional characteristics such as college type (public/private), level (2 year/4 year), and location (in-state/out-of-state).

For example, this particular graph shows how many of your school’s graduates are enrolled in college during the fall immediately after graduation from high school. Here are some things to notice:

  • 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 2008 (on the left) and ending with the Class of 2015 (on the right)
  • StudentTracker for High Schools reports show a maximum of eight graduating classes on this report
  • The top line (which in this case ranges between 65 and 75 percent) is the total percentage of students enrolled in college for the fall semester after they graduated
  • The straight, red line is the average enrollment percentage across all eight graduating classes (in this example, it’s 69 percent)
  • The green line and orange line on the graph show the percentage of graduates who enrolled at a public institution and the percentage who enrolled at a private institution.

Let’s look at some examples.

  • For this school’s 2015 graduating class:
    • 75 percent of the 2015 graduates of this high school’s was enrolled in college right after high school
    • 58 percent of this high school’s 2015 graduating class was enrolled in a public institution
    • 16 percent of the class was enrolled in a private institution
  • For the Class of 2009:
    • 65 percent of this high school’s 2009 graduating class was enrolled in college right after high school
    • 55 percent of this high school’s 2009 graduating class was enrolled in a public institution
    • 10 percent of the class was enrolled in a private institution

Turn your StudentTracker for High Schools’ data into insights that drive action and improve outcomes.

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