Why does my high school need National Student Clearinghouse data? The latest blog post from the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) explains how the effective use of data can help you improve students’ outcomes. The NSC’s Student Tracker service is a handy tool for examining students’ actual postsecondary pathways. Read more to see how you can get access to this critical data.
As The Year Winds Down, Use NSC Data to Plan Next Steps
Bill DeBaun, Senior Director of Data and Strategic Initiatives
The National Student Clearinghouse recently announced that its “effective date” for the fall 2022 semester was November 18. This means that StudentTracker for High Schools subscribers will have new postsecondary outcomes data for their students in the next few weeks. That data is invaluable for understanding students’ postsecondary pathways and shaping postsecondary advising strategy.
If the words in the paragraph above seem foreign to you, let’s stop and rewind in the paragraph below. Did you catch all the above? Skip over the next paragraph or read it for a refresher.
The National Student Clearinghouse is a nonprofit organization that warehouses data covering about 98% of all the postsecondary enrollments nationally in any given year. They offer a subscription service to K-12 districts and schools ($595 per high school per year) that matches high schools’ senior classes with their postsecondary enrollment and completion data. Three times a year, the NSC sets “effective dates” where they have enough high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment data to generate new sets of reports. These reports are a collection of charts and spreadsheets that have both aggregated and student-level data. (Incidentally, education nonprofits who work with students can also access this data through a different subscription service, either Student Tracker for Outreach or Student Tracker for Educational Organizations.)
In the next few weeks, Student Tracker subscribers will receive an email when their reports are available for them to download from their FTP accounts. Once that notification goes out, it’s important to take a look and share with any internal personnel or external partners who collaborate with you on college and career readiness activities. Not sure where to start? Here are four things to look for in the data:
Interested in the above but not a Student Tracker subscriber? It’s not too late to sign up. Once subscribed, you’ll be sent a report based on the November 18 effective date and then two more reports (mid-April, mid-August) in the next calendar year.
The effective use of data can help us improve students’ outcomes. The NSC’s Student Tracker service is a handy tool to in the toolkit for examining students’ actual postsecondary pathways.