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.

The data presented in this fact sheet represents the information DQC staff was able to find during its review of report cards in summer 2016 and winter 2017. Understanding that states are continuously updating these resources, especially during this unique time of ESSA planning, states that have recently added postsecondary enrollment data to their report cards may not be included in this analysis.