Categorizing Schools for the High School Benchmarks Report
Our High Schools Q&A series answers some of the most common questions we receive from high schools, public school districts, outreach programs, and other secondary educators across the country.
Q: How does the Clearinghouse categorize schools (i.e., low minority, higher income, rural) for the annual High School Benchmarks Report?
A: The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center created those categories using school-level characteristics data from the National Center of Education Statistics, which resulted in nine categories used in the High School Benchmarks Report:
- Low income schools
- High poverty schools
- Higher income schools
- Low poverty schools
- Low minority schools
- High minority schools
- Urban schools
- Suburban schools
- Rural schools
Read more about our methodology and school category definitions in the 2016 High School Benchmarks Report.
Learn how to access school classifications in our 2016 High School Benchmarks Report by watching our recent webinar on YouTube!