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What happens to students in my community after they graduate from high school?

A: The Data First training provides insights on what data school boards should examine to determine how effective the district is at preparing students for life after high school.

One of the best ways to find out about students who went on to college is by your school or district subscribing to the National Student Clearinghouse. For a small fee, your school can find out what colleges their graduates attended, whether they earned a degree, and other valuable information for high schools that indicate how well their students were prepared for college.

The Data First training  provides insights on what data school boards should examine to determine how effective the district is at preparing students for life after high school. The training is not limited to college success like college-going and remediation rates that are available in some states and districts, but includes the value of looking at data on how prepared graduates are for the workplace. Districts may want to survey local businesses to find out how they rate the preparedness of the local high school graduates.

Although data on what happens to students after they graduate is sparse in many states, that is beginning to change. Many states are now building P-20 data systems that will be able to collect data on what students are doing after high school. Find out if your state is one of them here.