Use High Quality Data to monitor cohort progress, identify struggling students, inform effective interventions, and provide accountability for overall progress.

High-quality data is required to promote academic success for all young people regardless of their unique backgrounds, strengths, and postsecondary pathways. Data is much more than test scores and should include data on absenteeism, student perceptions of the school environment, and other measures of college and career readiness. Any effort to increase the graduation rate must be informed by student-level data that tells the story of how students are progressing through high school, identifies barriers to success, and what it takes to get them back on track to graduation. Relatedly, all stakeholders have an interest in continuing to improve the integrity and accuracy of graduation rate data.

  • District can be used data to identify indicators that accurately depict whether a student is college and/or career ready to take early action in making sure students ready for life beyond high school.
  • Data can be used to tailor instruction to the skill needs of individuals, specific subgroups of students, and at-risk youth, particularly at critical transition years, such as middle school to high school and high school to college.
  • School leaders and policymakers can use data to organize the school to meet the unique needs of at-risk students