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How Data Tells Your School’s and Students’ Success Story: Part 1

by NSC Blog | Apr 11, 2019 | K-12, Research Reports, Research Services, StudentTracker for High Schools |

StudentTracker® for High Schools Reveals If Students Are College Ready

To find out whether high school students are college and career ready, many administrators send out surveys to each graduate about postsecondary plans. But, does this mean that the school is meeting its goals for college and career readiness?

First, not everyone who plans to enroll in college actually enrolls. Financial and family concerns are two of the top reasons for a “summer melt.” Did every student who said they were planning to attend college enroll in the fall or spring?

Second, is it smart to take the survey data at face value? What guarantee does the school have that students are telling the truth about their college plans? While most students may be reporting their plans honestly, these intentions are impossible to verify.

And to top it off, not all the members of this year’s graduating class will return their surveys to the administrator. Were the students just too busy to respond? Could it be that they aren’t enrolling in college or are not sure what their next steps are? Yet many high schools gauge their success on survey data.

There is only one reliable source of college enrollment, persistence, and completion rates for your high school’s graduates – the colleges themselves. StudentTracker for High Schools provides the data.

With StudentTracker for High Schools, you can understand exactly how your school’s college preparation efforts are paying off — not just whether students enroll in college, but how well they do once they get there.

 

StudentTracker for High Schools answers many questions on whether graduates are college and career ready. For example:

  • 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?

With StudentTracker for High Schools, you understand exactly how your school’s college preparation efforts are paying off — not just whether students enroll in college, but how well they do once they get there.

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