Listen to research highlights of our new “High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates,” from Dr. Doug Shapiro, Executive Director, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center: “Students from low income schools had lower college enrollment rates than any other category of public high school. Low income, low minority, urban schools had a 55 percent rate. Low income, high minority, urban high schools had a 53 percent rate, while low income, rural schools had a 50 percent rate. These figures are for college enrollment in the first fall after graduating from high school in 2012. Additionally, community colleges made up a larger percentage of the destinations for the college-bound students from low-income schools: 44 to 45 percent of those who enrolled from those high schools in the first fall attended community colleges. For the class of 2010, students from lower income high schools were also less likely to persist in college. Of those who enrolled in the first fall, 79 to 81 percent returned in the second fall, compared to students from higher income schools, at 86 to 88 percent. These types of findings from the report give individual high schools, districts, communities, policy makers and business leaders the information they need to identify areas that are most promising for improving programs and services.”
Listen to research highlights of our new High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates from Dr. Doug Shapiro, Executive Director, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center: “For the first time, this report allows us to see how high schools are faring as they move students on to college. For example, we found that for higher income, low minority, urban public high schools, 70 percent of graduates went on to college in the fall of 2012. This is the highest rate for all public high school graduates. Higher income, rural schools had the next highest college enrollment for fall 2012, at 65 percent. Higher income, high minority, urban high schools fall 2012 college enrollment rate was 62 percent. Students from low income schools had the lowest rates. Fifty-five percent from low-income, low minority urban schools went to college in the fall of 2012, while only 50 percent from low income, rural schools did so. As this report will be released annually, it will help high schools learn what works for improving college access for their students.”
On October 15, 2013, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released its inaugural national high school benchmarks report during a roundtable held at the Pew Charitable Trusts conference center in Washington, D.C. This is the first national report to offer benchmarks for public high schools to compare their graduates’ college transition rates nationwide, including those of low income and minority students. In this video, Dr. Doug Shapiro, Executive Director of the Research Center, provides an overview of major report findings and panelists discuss the implications.
Listen to research highlights of our new High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates from Dr. Doug Shapiro, Executive Director, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center: “Our inaugural High School Benchmarks Report, which will be created annually, allows comparisons between public high schools that have similar demographics and other characteristics … This report is particularly informative as there is a high interest in college progression rates, especially for low income and minority schools. It covers high schools graduating more than 2.3 million students during a three-year time period. It allows high schools to compare their own results, and begin to learn what works in improving college access for their students.”
National College Progression Rates
For high schools participating in the National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker service
This report provides high school-to-college transition rates for graduates of public high schools. The rates are reported for students from six categories of high schools, based on the school-level demographic and geographic characteristics.