- Outstanding academic performance, through standardized assessment test scores in math and reading
- Outstanding improvement in academic performance, again exemplified by state assessments in math and reading
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While some public high schools will proudly publish the colleges to which their seniors have been accepted, what happens to these students once they enter into the towers of higher education? Has their public high school education properly prepared them for the rigors of college?
- Institutions of enrollment
- College transfer statistics
- College graduation rates
- Types of degrees earned
- Majors pursued
The conclusions that could be gleaned from these reports are invaluable for both high schools and parents. For example, in the sample report evaluated by the Washington Post, the data showed:
- 76% of students who scored 3 or higher on an AP exam graduated from college
- 59.4% of students who failed an AP exam still graduated from college
- Only 24.7% of students who did not take an AP exam graduated from college
This could lead a school district to offer more AP courses, as the conclusion could be drawn that the academic rigor of AP classes lead to better preparation for college.