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The Game-Changing Value of StudentTracker for High Schools

by | May 25, 2018 | K-12, Research Services, StudentTracker for High Schools |

By John Schiappa, product manager, National Student Clearinghouse

Every high school wants to do the best it can for its students. Preparing students for success after high school – however you define it – is a constant challenge. The education field has a long history of experimenting with innovative new approaches to meet this challenge, but how can schools know what effects its policies and programs are having over the long term?

The great news: secondary schools have a rich source of data at their fingertips that can help shape programs and move the needle on student outcomes–the school’s graduates.

The National Student Clearinghouse has a wealth of postsecondary student data – about 98 percent of college and university enrollments are represented in our system. StudentTracker® for High Schools takes a graduating high school class and reveals what really happens after students graduate – not merely the hopeful guesses reflected in a school’s graduating student survey.

StudentTracker for High Schools gives schools invaluable insights into where their graduates are going: whether they enroll in college, whether they are enrolled in a two-year or four-year institution, whether they stay in college, and whether – and when – they graduate. This information helps schools understand how their college preparation efforts are paying off.

Example: Measuring a STEM Program’s Effectiveness
For example, many schools are bolstering their offerings in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). If a school launches a STEM program designed to get students into engineering-focused university programs, administrators need to know whether the students are getting into – and graduating from – those college programs. If administrators don’t know the data, then how can they measure the program’s success?

If a school’s STEM program isn’t seeing success after high school, is that program the best use of the money, time, and energy being invested? What needs to change to make the program more effective? StudentTracker for High Schools allows schools to see the long-term benefits of interventions like these.

Learn more about StudentTracker for High Schools and how your school can use it to get the accurate data you need to improve your college preparation initiatives.

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

StudentTracker® for High Schools takes a graduating high school class and reveals what really happens after students graduate – not merely the hopeful guesses reflected in a school’s graduating student survey.

Lisa Mahan
Registrar, Franklin College