Postsecondary Feedback Systems: Areas of Information Included in the Report
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Postsecondary Feedback Systems: Areas of Information Included in the Report

For this database, the areas of information in the feedback reports are broken into three categories: information about the high school, postsecondary enrollment and postsecondary performance. With some exception, the information included in the report is for the students' freshman year performance.

Why does it matter?

  • Selecting the right indicators of performance is critical for an accurate and truthful assessment.
    • Highlights:

    • The most common performance measures contained in the feedback reports are remediation rates. Seventeen states include remediation rates in their reports.
    • Other areas of information included in the reports are persistence rates and first year grade point averages.
    • Delaware and South Carolina also include employment information for those graduates who did not continue with postsecondary education.

      Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and state education agencies, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

      Sources for all data points are available through this link.

      Last updated: June 17, 2008

      Research conducted by Michael Colasanti. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org with comments or questions about this database.


    • Areas of information included in the report
      Alabama High School
      1. High school code
      2. High school name
      3. Number of graduates

      Enrollment
      1. Number enrolled in multiple Alabama public colleges
      2. Number enrolled in Alabama public colleges
      3. Enrollment status (part-time or full-time)

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Number enrolled in remedial courses (math and English)
      Arizona According to statute, the report must include the number of graduates of the school who were enrolled in the institution during the reporting period and information about the academic performance of graduates of the school in mathematics and English courses.
      Arkansas High School
      1. High school code
      2. High school name

      Enrollment
      1. Number enrolled in public 2-year and 4-year institutions (by institution)
      Colorado High School
      1. District name
      2. High school name

      Enrollment
      1. Number enrolled in public higher education

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Number (and percent of total) assigned to remediation in at least one discipline
      2. Number assigned to remediation in each discipline (math, writing, reading)
      Delaware According to statute, the report must include information regarding postsecondary or employment status. For postsecondary information, the report includes enrollment status (part-time or full-time), major area of study and name of institution where student is enrolled. The employment information must include employment status (part-time or full-time), name and address of employer, industry in which student is employed and the student's salary.
      Florida High School
      1. District name
      2. High school code
      3. High school name

      Enrollment
      1. Number enrolled in public 2-year and 4-year institutions

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Number tested, number ready and percent ready by subject (math/reading/writing/all subjects)
      Georgia High School
      1. High school name

      Enrollment
      1. Name of college/university
      2. Number of freshmen enrolled from this high school
      3. Number of freshmen enrolled from all public high schools
      4. Number of freshmen enrolled from private high schools
      5. Total number of Georgia freshmen enrolled
      Illinois According to statute, the report must include, but is not limited to, the following information: the number of high school graduates enrolled in each public university and the major of each; the number of high school graduates who have withdrawn from each public university; and student performance in university coursework.
      Kentucky High School
      1. District name
      2. High school name
      3. Mean cumulative high school GPA (by postsecondary institution type)
      4. Mean ACT score of students in higher education (by subject and institution type)

      Enrollment
      1. Number and percent enrolled in higher education (by institution type and name)
      2. Number and percent entered as full-time students
      3. Number and percent entered with undeclared degree status
      4. Number and percent entered a certificate or diploma program
      5. Number and percent entered a 2- or 4-year program
      6. Percent enrolled who are identified as having developmental needs

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Percent of students earning a "C" or better in college-level English and math (by developmental need)
      2. Mean GPA at end of freshman year (by developmental need)
      3. One semester postsecondary retention rate (by developmental need)
      4. First to second year retention rate (by developmental need)
      5. Median number of credits earned during first year (by developmental need)
      6. Percent of KEES (scholarship) recipients who maintained award in second year
      7. Declared college major
      Louisiana High School
      1. District name
      2. High school code
      3. High school name
      4. Number of graduates

      Enrollment
      1. Number and percent enrolled full-time in higher education

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Number and percent of full-time freshmen in remedial courses
      2. Number and percent in "good standing"
      Maryland High School
      1. District name
      2. High school name
      3. Number of graduates

      Enrollment
      1. Number and percent enrolled in college
      2. Number and percent enrolled in college who took ACT or SAT

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Percent core/non-core curriculum students needing remediation in college (by remedial need, by gender and race, and by postsecondary institution)
      2. Percent with "C" or better in first math and English course (by core/non-core, by postsecondary institution, and by gender and race)
      3. Average grade in first math and English course (by core/non-core, by postsecondary institution, and by gender and race)
      4. Cumulative GPA after first year (by core/non-core, by postsecondary institution, and by gender and race)
      Minnesota High School
      1. District name
      2. High school name
      3. Number of graduates

      Enrollment
      1. Number enrolled in public higher education
      2. Enrollees as a percent of high school graduates

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Number and percent of enrollees who took at least one developmental course
      2. Enrollees in developmental courses as percent of high school graduates
      Missouri High School
      1. District name
      2. High school name
      3. Number of students who took ACT
      4. Average ACT score

      Enrollment
      1. Number of first-time freshmen (by gender and race)
      2. Number enrolled in second fall semester

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Percent of students in remedial math/English/reading
      2. Number and percent who completed first fall and first spring
      3. Cumulative GPA for first fall and spring
      4. Freshman to sophomore retention rate
      Montana (High school-level report is not available to the public; the following is information from the county-level report)

      High School
      1. County name

      Enrollment
      1. Percent of students enrolling in higher education the following semester after graduation
      2. Percent of students enrolling the following fall after freshman year

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Percent of students enrolling in at least one remedial math or English course
      Nevada High School
      1. County name
      2. High school name

      Enrollment
      1. Number enrolled in NSHE institution
      2. Postsecondary institution name

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Number enrolled in remedial courses (English/math/both)
      2. Percent of graduates enrolled in remediation
      3. Remedial credit hours/total cost ($)
      North Carolina High School
      1. High school name
      2. Number of graduates
      3. Average class rank (by postsecondary institution)
      4. Average math and verbal SAT score (by postsecondary institution)

      Enrollment
      1. Number of graduates that applied to postsecondary institution (by institution and by race and gender)
      2. Number of applicants who did not meet admission requirements (by institution and by race and gender)
      3. Percent of applicants that were accepted to postsecondary institution (by institution and by race and gender)
      4. Number of applicants enrolled in postsecondary institution (by institution and by race and gender)

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Percent with GPA greater than 2.0/3.0 (by postsecondary institution)
      2. Percent returning for second semester/second year (by postsecondary institution)
      3. Percent returning second year with GPA greater than 2.0 and credits earned greater than 30 (by postsecondary institution)
      4. Percent in remedial English, regular freshmen English, or advanced placement in English (by postsecondary institution)
      5. Percent in remedial math, other math, college algebra, or calculus or above (by postsecondary institution)
      6. Percent in honors program (by postsecondary institution)
      7. Percent in more than one remedial course (by postsecondary institution)
      8. Average credit hours earned by subject area (by postsecondary institution)
      9. Average course grade by subject area (by postsecondary institution)
      Ohio High School
      1. County/district name
      2. High school name
      3. Number of graduates
      4. Percent with valid course data
      5. Percent who took at least a minimum core, who took a complete core, who took AP, who took college courses, who took ACT or SAT
      6. Average college-readiness score (ACT scale)

      Enrollment
      1. Percent of student who completed the FAFSA
      2. Percent who are first generation college students

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Average first-term GPA
      2. Percent who are attending full-time
      3. Percent who are taking remedial courses
      4. Percent of first to second year persistence (any Ohio institution)
      5. Percent who transferred to other Ohio institution
      Oklahoma High School
      1. County name
      2. High school name
      3. ACT site code

      Enrollment
      1. Number enrolled in public higher education

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Number and percent in remediation (science, English, math, reading, unduplicated)
      2. Number with GPA by range (0.0-1.6, 1.7-1.9, 2.0-2.9, 3.0+)
      3. Total semester hours taken
      Oregon High School
      1. High school name
      2. Average SAT score (math, verbal and combined)
      3. Average GPA
      4. Student performance on the 10th grade benchmark (by subject area)

      Enrollment
      1. Number enrolled in higher education (by OUS institution)
      2. Persistence rate (by OUS institution)

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Average college GPA (by subject area and overall)
      2. Average college GPA (by subject area and overall) grouped by state assessment
      South Carolina High School
      1. District name
      2. High school name
      3. Number of graduates

      Enrollment
      1. Number and percent of graduates who entered freshman class, 2-year/4-year institution, technical college degree, in-state/out-of-state, other schools, gainful employment, armed forces, other activities

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Number passed/failed/received no credit in 13 different subject areas
      2. Percent of completed courses passed
      3. (The student-level report also contains information on what developmental classes were required and the student's GPA.)
      South Dakota High School
      1. High school name
      2. Number of students who took ACT
      3. Average ACT score

      Enrollment
      1. Number of graduates enrolled in bachelor's program
      2. Number of graduates enrolled in associate's program

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Number of students whose placement exam indicates need for remediation (English and math)
      2. Number of students enrolled in remedial courses (English, math and unduplicated)
      3. Average GPA (English, math, general education and unduplicated)
      4. Number of students enrolled in general education courses
      5. Number of students who attempted 31 credit hours
      6. Number of students who earned 31 credit hours
      Tennessee Note: "Local" refers to high school for high school-specific reports, and to districtwide for district-specific reports.

      High School
      1. High school name or district name (reports for individual high schools have high school name only; reports for districts have district name only)
      2. High school GPA
      3. Local and statewide ACT composite test scores for all students

      Enrollment
      1. Local and statewide students who did/did not persist into year 2 — fall college GPA and first-year college GPA
      2. Local and statewide students who returned/did not return to the same campus in year 2 — ACT composite score and high school GPA

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Fall college GPA for local and statewide students — all students and students assigned to developmental courses
      2. Average fall college GPA for students who did/did not earn ACT college readiness scores across test subjects
      3. Percent "below" and "at or above" a 2.50 fall college GPA by math course sequence taken in high school
      4. Percent "below" and "at or above" a 2.50 fall college GPA by science course sequence taken in high school
      5. Local and statewide fall college GPAs by ACT college readiness standards score ranges
      6. Fall college GPA by ACT college readiness standards score ranges and test subjects
      7. Local and statewide ACT composite test scores for all students taking developmental courses by high school core course-taking
      8. Local and statewide fall college GPAs for all students and for students taking developmental courses by high school core course-taking
      9. Local and statewide average ACT scores for students assigned to developmental coursework in college across test subjects
      10. Local and statewide students who did/did not receive a state scholarship — ACT composite score and first year GPA
      Texas High School
      1. County name
      2. District name
      3. Number of graduates

      Enrollment
      1. Number enrolled in public or independent 2- and 4-year postsecondary institutions
      Washington High School
      1. District name
      2. High school name
      3. Number of graduates

      Enrollment
      1. Number of graduates enrolled in higher education
      2. Number of enrollees as a percent of high school graduates
      West Virginia High School
      1. County name
      2. High school name
      3. ACT composite score
      4. Percent who took ACT core
      5. Percent greater than 18 subscore in ACT English
      6. Percent greater than 19 subscore in ACT math

      Enrollment
      1. Number enrolled in higher education

      Postsecondary Performance
      1. Fall/Spring credits attempted
      2. Average Fall/Spring GPA
      3. Percent who completed 30 credit hours in first year
      4. Percent in developmental math/English in first year
      5. Percent in any developmental course in first year

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