Data Dive, Outcome Team 4, Third Quarter 2015

Every youth attains post-secondary, continuous education or career training.

Youth attain a college degree or license/certification within six years of high school graduation.


Post-secondary completion rates are generally looked at after six years. This includes students who are able to complete in four years, as well as those who need an extra year or two to complete. While we may have ideas about why certain students don’t complete postsecondary education in four or even six years, we need to base our information on data, not anecdotes or assumptions. Once Outcome Team Four is formed, they will look to literature reviews of other data in this space, to see what others have found before.

One data source that we’ve identified thus far for this area of focus is the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. To an organization such as ours that focuses on data to determine baselines and then drive the needle up on positive outcomes, this clearinghouse of student data is exciting!

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The center, “…works with higher education institutions, states, districts, high schools, and educational organizations to better inform practitioners and policymakers about student educational pathways. Through accurate longitudinal data outcomes reporting, the Research Center enables better educational policy decisions leading to improved student outcomes..”

Learn more about them here.

Like the three other Outcome Teams before them, once Outcome Team Four forms, they will review statewide and national data in addition to digging deep into local information to see where Brown County is at with this goal. Once we know our baseline, we can review to determine which areas need improvement. Stay tuned!

Outcome Dashboard, Third Quarter 2015