High Schools and Districts: Are Your Students College and Career Ready? How Can You Be Sure?
By John Schiappa, product manager, National Student Clearinghouse
It was wonderful to meet with so many school superintendents from across the nation at this year’s National Conference on Education presented by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, Feb. 14-16 in Los Angeles. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to speak with superintendents about the challenges and opportunities they are facing.
The key question I heard: Are students college and career ready? How can we be sure?
To help administrators learn if their students are college and career ready, more than 13,000 high schools nationwide use StudentTracker® for High Schools to obtain data on their graduates’ college readiness, attainment, and completion rates.
With StudentTracker, superintendents, principals, and counselors can understand exactly how college preparation efforts are paying off – not just whether students are accepted to college, but how well they do once they get there. This data provides administrators the independently verified outcomes data they need.
StudentTracker can help answer almost any question about how whether graduates are college and career ready. StudentTracker takes a graduating high school class and reveals what really happens after students graduate – not merely the hopeful guesses reflected in a school’s graduating student survey, but the validated outcomes upon which solid programs and policy can be built.
- How many of your high school graduates enroll in college?
- Do they persist and graduate from college?
- How long does it take for them to get their degrees?
- Do they go in or out of state for college?
- Do they attend a two- or four-year school?
- Do they transfer?
- Which colleges do they most commonly attend?
And most importantly:
- Do the programs and interventions in your school affect the success of students once they graduate?
“There is no other place where a school system can get the actual facts other than the Clearinghouse,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association. “As an educator, it’s important for us to know the facts and to know exactly what is happening in school districts around the country. We get that kind of factual information from the Clearinghouse.”
To help administrators learn if their students are college and career ready, more than 13,000 high schools nationwide use StudentTracker for High Schools to obtain data on their graduates’ college readiness, attainment, and completion rates.