Questions to Help You Get the Most Out of Your StudentTracker for High Schools Detail Report
The first time your school or school district receives StudentTracker® for High Schools data back from the National Student Clearinghouse, it can be both exciting and overwhelming. You may wonder, “What do we do next?”
While we can’t tell you exactly what to do, the best way forward is to define what you want to get out of the data before you look at it. Here are some questions to ask your team of administrators, educators, and counselors before you dive in:
- What are our expectations about this data? What do we expect to find?
- What percentage of our graduates do we believe enroll in college?
- What percentage do we believe drop out of college?
- What percentage do we believe complete a two-year degree?
- What percentage do we believe complete a four-year degree?
- How long, on average, do we believe it takes our graduates to complete a degree?
- What role do we want demographic and academic information to play in our analysis?
- What demographic and academic information (if any) did we provide to the Clearinghouse?
- What demographic and academic information do we want to evaluate in the context of postsecondary educational outcomes?
- How can we answer more questions by combining our school-level data with the StudentTracker for High Schools detail report?
- What specific programs, classes, initiatives, or activities do we want to track?
- Are there programs or initiatives that don’t seem to be having an impact in high school? Does it make sense to evaluate the program’s impact relative to postsecondary outcomes?
For more information about each category in the report, check out our guide to reading the StudentTracker for High Schools detail report.
While we can’t tell you exactly what to do with your data, the best way forward is to define what you want to get out of the data before you look at it.