Keller District Obtains Accurate Data by Switching from Surveys to StudentTracker for High Schools
Accurate Data Leads to Benchmarking Student Achievements, Anticipating Trends
In Texas, the Keller Independent School District serves 33,000 students, nearly 1 in 5 of whom are economically disadvantaged. Keller has a long-standing commitment to ensuring their graduates’ college readiness.
To underscore their commitment, the district sought out a reliable source of data about their graduates’ postsecondary outcomes. They found what they were looking for in StudentTracker® for High Schools.
Better than Student Surveys
Before using the Clearinghouse’s StudentTracker service, Keller relied on graduating student surveys. But they wondered if the survey results were overly optimistic.
“We’ve long gathered and reported the percentage of our students going on to postsecondary work using surveys. But nearly as long, we’ve wondered about their accuracy,” said Scott Kessel, Keller’s director of guidance and counseling.
Survey results consistently showed that 90 percent of Keller graduates were enrolling in college, StudentTracker found that actual enrollment rates as reported by colleges and universities was closer to 65-70 percent. The initial survey results were skewed, in part, because the district was unable to keep up with student mobility as they moved, took a year off, transferred, graduated, or dropped out.
District leaders found that StudentTracker for High Schools provided much more reliable, accurate data that followed students over the long term versus surveys. Keller noticed several benefits, including:
- StudentTracker records students as they enroll, drop out, transfer, take a break, and graduate from college.
- Student-level detailed data provides insight on the rates and locations at which their graduates are enrolling.
- StudentTracker offers qualitative knowledge that helps counselors, teachers, and other campus staff talk with students about college readiness.
Keller used the data to set benchmarks against which they could measure future efforts. It also enabled them to discover why more students are not enrolling in college – and what Keller can do to help.
“I find the tool invaluable,” said Kessel. “Part of our mission is to ensure the success of our students in future life endeavors. To that end, we would never know if we were accomplishing that goal without some reasonable and reliable measure of that future success. The StudentTracker service provides us with exactly that.”
District leaders found that StudentTracker for High Schools provided much more reliable, accurate data that followed students over the long term versus surveys.