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NC high schools have new tool to track student's secondary education

Pathway to graduation
Chelsea Beck
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NPR
North Carolina high schools have a new tool to track whether their graduates go to college and ultimately earn a degree.

North Carolina high schools have a new tool to track whether their graduates go to college and ultimately earn a degree.

Lincoln County Schools superintendent Aaron Allen says this is something his district has been trying to track for years.

He was excited to learn the state has contracted with the National Student Clearinghouse so that schools will receive annual reports showing where alumni are attending any two year or four year college.

And it shows over time whether students persist and graduate.

He says schools can use the data to tailor programs and college counseling to their community's needs.

Liz Schlemmer is WUNC's Education Policy Reporter, a fellowship position supported by the A.J. Fletcher Foundation. She has an M.A. from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Media & Journalism and a B.A. in history and anthropology from Indiana University.