Q&A: How You Can Use Two-Year and Four-Year Enrollment Rate Data to Improve College Readiness?

Q&A: How Can You Use Two-Year and Four-Year Enrollment Rate Data to Improve College Readiness?

by | Jul 11, 2018 | Research Services, StudentTracker, StudentTracker for High Schools |

You’ve received your StudentTracker for High Schools® reports back from the National Student Clearinghouse, and it’s time to dig in. But what should you do with all of this data?

Here are a few tips to help you make use of your school’s two-year and four-year enrollment percentages.

  • First, look at the data. For a given graduating class (indicated by graduation year along the bottom of the graph), what percentage of your school’s graduates went to a two-year institution,
  • Next, look for trends. StudentTracker for High Schools provides eight years of data. This allows you to see changes year to year. Have college enrollment rates been changing? How?
  • Consider school, district, and statewide factors. What factors may account for changing trends you’ve observed? Perhaps your school partnered with a local community college or launched a new after-school program. Now you have a way to assess the impact of those new initiatives.
  • Drill down to the student level and cross reference. In the detail report, you’ll have a student-by-student breakdown of your graduates’ postsecondary outcomes. Questions you might be able to answer include:
    • Are there certain classes – or certain teachers – whose students went to a four-year university in greater numbers? If so, you can replicate that success.
    • What impact did school attendance have on college enrollment for these cohorts?
    • Other possible data elements to consider:
      • International Baccalaureate / Advanced Placement
      • AP test scores
      • Grade Point Average
      • English Language Learner
      • First Generation
      • Parental Education Attainment
      • Parent Active Military
      • Scholarships awarded while in high school
      • Social Emotional Learning
      • Tutoring services
      • ACT/PSAT/SAT score
      • Graduation cohort
      • Student Age

What you decide to look for is up to you. The key, however, is bringing StudentTracker for High Schools data back to the information you have about what these students did while they were in high school. Looking at these data in light of each other opens up a treasure trove of school improvement possibilities.

Have more questions about obtaining the accurate data you need to improve your college preparation initiatives? Visit our StudentTracker for High Schools help center.

“Looking at these data in light of each other opens up a treasure trove of school improvement possibilities.”