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New Jersey’s Ridge High School Uses StudentTracker for High Schools to Obtain College Enrollment and Completion Rates

by NSC Blog | Feb 21, 2019 | Case Studies, K-12, Research Services, StudentTracker for High Schools, StudentTracker for High Schools Case Studies, Testimonials |

Leaders from Ridge High School, located in Basking Ridge, NJ, recently announced to the Bernards Township Board of Education that more than 90 percent of their 2018 graduating class enrolled in four-year colleges, and 5.5 percent enrolled in two-year colleges.

To do this, school leaders dovetailed their data with Clearinghouse data through StudentTracker for High Schools to highlight their graduates’ college application patterns, admission rates, and enrollment rates, including the most popular colleges that the 2018 class went on to attend.

Postsecondary outcomes for previous Ridge High School graduating classes, include:

  • 54 percent of graduates from the classes of 2014-2016 are still enrolled in college, as verified by StudentTracker for High Schools data;
  • 87 percent of graduates from the classes of 2010 to 2013 graduated from college in four years or less; and
  • 73 percent took four years to graduate, with 14 percent more taking less than four years to graduate.

By incorporating postsecondary outcomes using StudentTracker for High Schools data, Ridge High School is able to show what happens to their graduates after they arrive on campus. Strong college completion numbers help identify what the school is doing well and to identify gaps as well.

Using verified data from the National Student Clearinghouse can play a key role in your schools’ process, just like Ridge High School.

When it comes time to create budget plans, the ability to quantify your school’s college preparatory programs’ effectiveness can help justify resources and support spending requests.

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