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Postsecondary Feedback Systems: State Has a System to Provide Postsecondary Feedback to High Schools/Districts

Statewide postsecondary feedback systems contained in this database refer to reports that are prepared by a higher education governing body, typically due to a statutory mandate, which detail the performance of entering freshmen that graduated from the state's high schools. The most common performance indicator included in the report is the rate at which the students are enrolling in remedial and developmental courses.

Why does it matter?

  • High schools need to be able to gauge how well they have prepared their students.
  • State leaders need a better picture of how well high schools and postsecondary systems are aligned.

  • Twenty-three states have statewide postsecondary feedback systems.
  • Nineteen of those states mandate the feedback report through legislation; the other four states produce the report on the initiative of the higher education board.
  • Two states, Montana and Tennessee, provide postsecondary information to high schools but are technically considered not to have a "statewide" system. Montana produces a feedback report but distributes it to high schools only on request of the high school. Tennessee generates reports only for those high school graduates who took the ACT (averaging 90% or more of high school graduates who continue to postsecondary education in the state).

    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 with comments or questions about this database.
  • State has a system to provide postsecondary feedback to high schools/districts
    Alabama Yes, reported through the Alabama Commission on Higher Education
    Arizona Yes, reported through the Arizona Board of Regents
    Arkansas Yes, reported through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education
    Colorado Yes, reported through the Colorado Commission on Higher Education
    Delaware Yes, reported through the Delaware Department of Education
    Florida Yes, reported through the Florida Department of Education
    Georgia Yes, reported through the Georgia Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The report is produced on the initiative of the university system and is not mandated by the legislature.
    Illinois Yes, reported through the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
    Kentucky Yes, reported through the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
    Louisiana Yes, reported through the Louisiana Department of Education
    Maryland Yes, reported through the Maryland Higher Education Commission
    Minnesota Yes, reported through the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
    Missouri Yes, reported through the Missouri Department of Higher Education
    Montana No, but the Montana University System does produce a high school feedback report that is distributed only when the individual high school requests it. The report is produced on the initiative of the university system and is not mandated by the legislature.
    Nevada Yes, reported through the Nevada System of Higher Education
    North Carolina Yes, reported through the University of North Carolina
    Ohio Yes, reported through the Ohio Board of Regents
    Oklahoma Yes, reported through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
    Oregon Yes, reported through the Oregon University System. The report is produced on the initiative of the university system and is not mandated by the legislature.
    South Carolina Yes, reported through the South Carolina Department of Education
    South Dakota Yes, reported through the South Dakota Board of Regents. The report is produced on the initiative of the board and is not mandated by the legislature.
    Tennessee No, but the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, in concert with ACT, does develop an annual "High School to College Success Report" for all public and private high school graduates who took the ACT (averaging over 90% of Tennessee high school graduates) and who continue to public higher education in the state. The report is produced through a collaborative effort between the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and ACT, and is not mandated by the legislature.
    Texas Yes, reported through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
    Washington Yes, reported through the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
    West Virginia Yes, reported through the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. The report is produced on the initiative of the commission and is not mandated by the legislature.

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