High School Outcomes
The BERC Group can conduct an analyses of high school course offering and course taking patterns (transcript analyses), high school graduation rates, and college attendance and persistence of district graduates. We can disaggregate all data by gender and ethnicity when possible. Upon analyzing the data, we can provide technical assistance to school-level and district-level staff to help them understand the implications of the data on policy and practice.
General Data Collection and Analysis
We will gather and analyze various data points as a part of the needs assessment. These data will include college perceptions and graduation rates, among other data from the high schools. Deciding upon these data points will require collaboration from OSPI and other consultants, to ensure that there is not overlap and that the data are comprehensive.
Course Offering Patterns
We will gather and analyze high school master schedules, course catalogs, and section summary sheets to look at course offering patterns. This analysis will include the types of courses offered and the level of rigor available to students. This data will be collected for the 2007 – 2008, 2008 – 2009, and 2009 – 2010 school years.
Course Taking Patterns
We will gather and analyze graduating students’ transcripts to determine student course taking patterns and to determine if districts/schools are creating opportunities for all students to access a college preparatory curriculum. These results will be disaggregated by gender and ethnicity. These data will also be used to determine if district graduation requirements align with college and career-ready requirements. We will analyze the transcripts of the 2008, 2009, and 2010 graduates.
We will obtain and analyze college enrollment records to determine the extent that graduating students enroll, persist, and graduate from college. These results will be disaggregated by gender and ethnicity. We will analyze the results from the 2004 to 2009 graduates.