Earlier this summer, the National Student Clearinghouse announced a new slate of K-12 services coming in fall 2019 and early 2020. These services include new features and enhancements to the StudentTracker for High Schools service as well as a brand new service that will allow for high school diploma verification.
The first upgrade the NSC announced is a feature called “ReportShare.” This new feature will “allow districts to submit data to the Clearinghouse on behalf of their high schools. Not only will the district receive all the StudentTracker for High Schools reports for its schools, but it can also easily distribute school-specific reports to each of their participating high schools.” This will be especially valuable, obviously, for school districts with a large number of high schools, but really any school district with more than one high school will reap some benefit here from not having to manually separate school-level outcomes reporting.
Additional reports are coming for the StudentTracker for High Schools service. This service currently sends out reports three times a year that include immediate college enrollment rate by institution type and level, six-year completion rates by in- and out-of-state institutions, and outcomes by student demographics (among many others) all by high school class. The service will add a bevy of new reports, including “poverty and minority comparison and peer outcome comparison reports.” These new reports may take advantage of national benchmarks established by the NSC Research Center’s High School Benchmarks series.
The third development is the forthcoming release of the “DiplomaVerify” service. According to the NSC, this will allow K-12 districts and high schools to “outsource all your diploma verifications to the Clearinghouse for secure, automated, and immediate response. Because our service is available 24/7, employers and others can verify academic credentials instantly, even when your office is closed.” For more than 20 years the NSC has offered a similar service, DegreeVerify, to postsecondary institutions.
The announcements are encouraging (new functionality almost always is), and the need for high schools to take advantage of the National Student Clearinghouse’s extensive postsecondary outcomes data has never been higher. Given the value of the StudentTracker platform to inform postsecondary advising, it is good to see that the NSC has forged a partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), in which the NSC will “present research findings and case studies at the July 2019 National Principals Conference, along with the Digital/Assistant Principal of the Year Pre-Conference session, as well as the September 2019 NASSP Principal’s Institute Meeting.” Secondary school principals are certainly a valuable lever for expanding the effective use of NSC data across the country.
NCAN applauds the continued expansion of functionality in the StudentTracker for High Schools service. Many of our members put it, and its sibling the StudentTracker for Outreach Programs service, to good use, and NCAN looks forward to seeing that usage expand.