How Data Tells Your School’s and Students’ Success Story: Part 2
StudentTracker® for High Schools Reveals If Students Are College Ready
In Part 1 of this series, we put ourselves in the shoes of a high school that collects data from graduating seniors to assess its college readiness. But students can’t know how well prepared they are before they even get to college – and many students’ intentions don’t match reality once they get on campus.
But there is good news for high schools looking to build their story of college and career readiness. StudentTracker for High Schools has the independently verified college enrollment, persistence, and completion data schools need to evaluate and improve their college and career preparation programs.
By drawing data from college enrollment records that cover more than 98 percent of enrolled students – and then matching the data to a list of your high school’s graduates – your school gets a clear picture of how your graduates fare after high school, with up to eight years of longitudinal data.
By drawing data from college enrollment records that cover more than 98 percent of enrolled students — and then matching the data to a list of your high school’s graduates – your school gets a clear picture of how your graduates fare after high school, with up to eight years of longitudinal data.
Imagine that the school from Part 1 of this series decided to start using StudentTracker for High Schools. What effect would that have on the school’s ability to create college-ready students? Here are some things the school would learn:
- How many of their high school graduates are actually enrolled in college
- Whether they stop out or drop out before completing a degree
- How long it takes them to complete a degree
- Where they attend college, and which colleges are most popular among the school’s graduates
- How many transfer to a different college
- How the enrollment, persistence, and completion trends look over eight years of data
With the real, verified story of this high school’s postsecondary outcomes in hand, the school’s administration is empowered to make changes that will move the needle. StudentTracker for High Schools gives schools an accurate picture of where they are in their college and career readiness efforts – and enables them to chart a course forward.
StudentTracker for High Schools data also enables schools to give their student success stories a real ending. The story of college and career readiness does not end with being admitted to college. The real test of college and career readiness is whether students enroll, persist, and graduate from college.
StudentTracker for High Schools provides the crucial missing piece of the postsecondary outcomes puzzle.