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Three Misconceptions about StudentTracker for High Schools

Three Misconceptions about StudentTracker for High Schools

by NSC Blog | Oct 15, 2018 | K-12, Research Services, StudentTracker, StudentTracker for High Schools |

Attend our StudentTracker for High Schools webinar, Oct. 16 from 2-3 pm

You may be familiar with the quote that opens the movie “The Big Short”: It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. In the interest of clearing up misconceptions about the National Student Clearinghouse’s StudentTracker for High Schools® service, we’re sharing the top three things about StudentTracker for High Schools – “that just ain’t so.”

It’s not a student survey

Many schools use graduating student surveys, and some pay third-party vendors to survey students rather than take up school staff time. StudentTracker for High Schools is not a student or family survey. StudentTracker goes to the source – college enrollment and graduation records – to track student enrollment in college, persistence, and graduation.

How does this benefit schools? Student self-reporting is notoriously unreliable – the data the Clearinghouse provides is accurate. In addition, the Clearinghouse’s data is up to date, drawing on current college enrollment data. Finally, StudentTracker is complete – more than 98 percent of enrolled students nationwide are able to be matched with StudentTracker.

It’s not a violation of student data privacy

StudentTracker for High Schools is fully compliant with FERPA, and all other applicable laws. The Clearinghouse is proud to be a leader in national data privacy and protection initiatives. Learn more about how StudentTracker complies with FERPA.

It’s not a cookie-cutter service

When high schools or school districts send the Clearinghouse their graduates’ files, those records are matched with college enrollment records from approximately 3,600 schools and generate aggregate reports organized by high school graduating class. Detailed student-level data is also provided in a separate detail report.

However, if schools want to generate these helpful reports for a specific cohort of students – for example, only student-athletes, or all students who took a particular math class – StudentTracker can do that. Schools can submit request files with specific subsets of students at any time.

Register today for our StudentTracker for High Schools webinar, Oct. 16 from 2-3 pm. Come learn about StudentTracker for High Schools for a high-level overview, how you can use it, and the different search options available.

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