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Tips to Transform your Postsecondary Education Preparation Programs

by NSC Blog | Nov 8, 2017 | K-12, Research Services, StudentTracker for High Schools, Tips & Tricks |

Ready to improve your school’s college preparation programs using StudentTracker for High Schools? Here are five tips to help you get the most out of your improvement efforts.

1. Round up your team

First, get buy-in from your school or school district’s leadership, teachers, counseling staff, and other stakeholders. At the Clearinghouse, experience has shown us that schools must be ready to understand their students’ postsecondary success in order to make the best use of the data we provide.

Your team will need a mindset of openness to what the data show, along with a willingness to make changes to the ways in which your institution does things.

2. Set goals first, review data second

Identify what constitutes a “win” for your students in terms of attending college. Setting goals related to postsecondary education enrollment and graduation before you receive your StudentTracker for High Schools reports will help you evaluate how well your school (or school district) prepares students for higher education.

3. Use those optional data fields

Want to customize StudentTracker for High Schools data to make it more meaningful for your student population? Filling in the optional data fields is a great way to do that. When schools don’t fill in any optional categories, they are missing out on an opportunity to drill down and identify characteristics that may be impacting students in college.

4. Enhance your knowledge base

Integrate StudentTracker data with your school’s existing data for a full, rich picture of what your students accomplished while they were in high school and how that relates to their college enrollment, persistence, and graduation.

The Clearinghouse offers the missing piece of the puzzle by filling you in on what your school’s graduates did in college. Do certain courses, programs, or other indicators correlate with student success – or student struggles – in college? Now you can find out.

5. Take a targeted approach

The patterns that emerge in your students’ data are like signposts, indicators of something that is working well (or not working so well). As you make additions or changes to your school’s college preparation efforts, keep in mind that targeted solutions are often just as effective as broad, sweeping initiatives.

Learn more about StudentTracker for High Schools and how it can help you transform your school’s college preparation programs.

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

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