Clearinghouse Celebrates National School Counseling Week
School counselors are invaluable in guiding students through their academic journey and helping them navigate crucial secondary education choices. In recognition of their dedication during National School Counseling Week, the National Student Clearinghouse highlights some powerful tools that can provide counselors with actionable insights. Leveraging these resources can help counselors unlock student potential.
DiplomaVerify: Alleviating Administrative Burdens
Verifying diplomas for graduates seeking employment can take valuable time out of a busy counselor’s day. DiplomaVerify uses data that schools, districts, or consortiums already submit to the Clearinghouse to give employers 24/7 access to diploma verifications, eliminating this burden from school counselors who handle verifications. DiplomaVerify is free to schools that use StudentTracker and their students.
StudentTracker for High Schools: Measuring Student Success
StudentTracker provides academic leaders, including counselors, insights into their high school graduates’ college success. This comprehensive tool tracks U.S. postsecondary students across diverse institutions, offering data-driven insights into enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates that can be used to evaluate college preparation efforts.
The High School Benchmarks Report: Assessing School Performance
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center’s High School Benchmarks Report goes even deeper, providing counselors with a focused evaluation of postsecondary outcomes for specific student populations. Through an interactive dashboard, the report breaks down college enrollment data by various factors, such as the type of institution (2-year vs. 4-year, public vs. private), the location of the college (in-state vs. out-of-state), and enrollment timing (immediate or delayed entry), and high school characteristics (including poverty levels, income levels, minority levels, and urbanicity). High school administrators can use these insights to help them develop and provide targeted guidance.
By leveraging the Clearinghouse’s resources, school counselors can make informed choices that lead to better opportunities and brighter futures for their students. The Clearinghouse is proud to support and recognize school counselors during National School Counseling Week and throughout the year.