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High Schools: Use Data to Drive College and Career Readiness

by NSC Blog | Nov 9, 2020 | Electronic Transcript Exchange, K-12, StudentTracker, StudentTracker for High Schools |

The students that are hurt most when high schools don’t use the right approaches to ensure college and career readiness are those who are low income or minority students, according to an article in The 74, an education media outlet.

While all states are required to track student college and career readiness, not all are doing so, the article reports. Four states — Alaska, Maine, Nebraska, and Oregon — are not doing any reporting at all related to college and career readiness. Other states fail to break their data down into data by race or income level. And even those that are compliant with reporting requirements, they are often simply “going through the motions” and not providing information that would be useful for parents in helping them direct their children’s futures.

To boost college graduation rates for first-generation students, high schools need data on where their alumni are most likely to earn degrees and need to track alumni progress through college, even stepping in to assist when necessary.

That may seem like a daunting task. But the article points to the National Student Clearinghouse as offering high school leaders eight years of data on how their students fared after graduating, for only $595 per school.

That’s a small price to pay to help identify and ensure the success of students as they enter college and prepare for their future careers. By leveraging readily available data to identify opportunities and arm parents and students with important information, and opportunities, schools can impact the level of readiness their students have for moving beyond high school most successfully.

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To boost college graduation rates for first-generation students, high schools need data on where their alumni are most likely to earn degrees.

 

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