States Can and Must Include Postsecondary Enrollment Data on Report Cards

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States Can and Must Include Postsecondary Enrollment Data on Report Cards

Most states publicly report postsecondary enrollment data, but few make that information easily available on their school report cards. When this information is scattered across websites, it is more difficult to find and harder for people to understand whether students are successfully transitioning to college once they leave high school. To make postsecondary enrollment data more meaningful, states must include it in their report cards. This will make it easier for parents, school leaders, educators, and the community to understand the quality of their schools and answer important questions.

This fact sheet now includes updated data from Show Me the Data 2017, which represents the information DQC staff was able to find during its review of state report cards in fall 2017. Understanding that states are continually updating these resources, any states that have added postsecondary enrollment data to their report cards since September 2017 may not be included in this analysis.