Two Reasons Why StudentTracker for High Schools Is Important to Student Outcomes
At the National Student Clearinghouse, we sometimes hear from schools who want to understand why StudentTracker for High Schools® is so important. The following two reasons provide the answer.
1. The numbers will surprise you
Many, if not most, high schools have an inaccurate picture of their graduates’ college attendance rates.
It’s very common for a school to use graduating student surveys as the basis of their college attendance statistics. Perhaps these statistics show that 90 percent of your school’s graduates plan to attend college. Great, right?
Using StudentTracker for High Schools gives the picture of what actually happened — not what graduating high school seniors hope will happen. In virtually every case, actual college enrollment rates are lower — sometimes much lower. A school with 90 percent planned enrollment might find out that only 70 percent of their graduates are actually enrolled in September.
2. You can’t get this information any other way
Once your school’s graduates leave, you no longer have a reliable way to collect data.
Mailing “where are you now?” surveys months or years after graduation generally has a very low response rate. In contrast, the Clearinghouse has data on nearly every student who has enrolled in a postsecondary institution.
After we match your student records with our college and university student information data, we generate a series of helpful reports that reveal accurate, education insights, such as:
- how many of your students went to college after high school
- whether they went to two-year or four-year institutions, private or public, in-state or out-of-state
- whether they dropped out of college, and if so, when
- what specific colleges or universities have the highest percentage of your graduates enrolled
Having a clear picture of your graduates’ postsecondary outcomes can help your school improve those outcomes – but only if you have the right data.
“Using StudentTracker for High Schools gives the picture of what actually happened – not what graduating high school seniors hope will happen.”