Navigating High School to College Data
The Coordinating Board, in partnership with Education Service Center (ESC) Region XIV, hosted a one-day "Data Fellows" training at the agency offices in Austin. The workshop addressed how to use the data resources publicly available on the agency data site, www.txhighereddata.org, with special emphasis on resources of interest to K-12 educators and students. Each of the 20 ESCs sent a representative to learn about new applications powered by state education and workforce data. Data resources covered in the training included school district and campus-level information on high school-to-college transitions and outcomes, higher education institution profiles, higher education costs, and employment outcomes for college graduates. Featured applications included Tracking Postsecondary Outcomes (www.howmanygo2college.com), Compare College TX (www.comparecollegetx.org), and Texas Genuine (http://texasgenuine.org). The workshop was a training-of-trainers (TOT) model, as one of the goals of Data Fellows is to increase the visibility and use of our publicly available tools. Attendees were asked to share what they learned with their school district partners. The training also provided tools to facilitate sharing, including a primer on data resources and video modules on data applications (currently in production). Response to the training was very positive as many of the Data Fellows were unfamiliar with Coordinating Board resources.
Materials posted here were created as part of the 2014 Data Fellows training.