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How the High School Benchmarks Report Can Help Your School’s Class of 2020 – and Beyond

by NSC Blog | Oct 19, 2017 | K-12, Research Reports, Research Services, StudentTracker for High Schools |

When high schools and school districts start the journey toward maximizing their students’ success in college, they tend to ask several important questions:

  • How well are we preparing our students to get into college?
  • How well are we preparing our students to succeed once they’re in college?
  • How do our school’s postsecondary education rates compare to other schools with similar populations?
  • For our school’s student population, what should our postsecondary education-related goals be? In other words, what constitutes a high level of performance?

To answer these questions, and others, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse, publishes a series of research reports each year. These free, downloadable reports provide key nationwide data on postsecondary student outcomes. For high school and school district administrators, the annual High School Benchmarks Report is an information goldmine. The 2017 High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates will be released Tuesday, Oct. 24.

The High School Benchmarks Report breaks down the nationwide data by school type (public, private, and charter) as well as demographic details. The resulting data give school and school district administrations a snapshot of national college access, persistence, and completion rates for different student populations that answers questions, like:

  • How does income correlate to college enrollment, persistence, and graduation? Do students from higher-income schools have better postsecondary education outcomes, and if so, by how much?
  • What are the nationwide college enrollment, persistence, and graduation average rates for schools with a high percentage of minority students, and how does that compare to rates for schools with a low percentage of minority students?
  • How do college outcomes differ among urban, suburban, and rural student populations?
  • How does your school’s performance compare to schools with a similar demographic makeup?

Using the High School Benchmarks Report, high schools and school districts can conduct an apples-to-apples comparison between their school’s college enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates and those of similar schools across the country. The outcomes data is also formatted in percentile rankings, allowing schools to assess their performance relative to that of similar schools.

Armed with accurate, reliable data on your students’ postsecondary outcomes (through the StudentTracker for High Schools service), together with the High School Benchmarks Report’s nationwide context, you will have the data you need to chart a course to student success in college.

Learn more about StudentTracker for High Schools and how you can use it to determine the postsecondary success of your students.

Visit the Clearinghouse Academy to access our StudentTracker for High Schools on-demand webinars, tutorials, and more.

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