High schools can’t improve unless they track what happens to their graduates, concludes The Promise of Proficiency by College Summit and the Center for American Progress.
After all, we wouldn’t ask air traffic controllers to land planes with radars that shut down at 10,000 feet. We wouldn’t let surgeons operate if they could only guess at how previous patients had done. And yet at the moment we are asking high schools to deliver students who can perform in college without giving schools the tools to know whether or how their current efforts are paying off.
The report urges the federal government to support the gathering of data on how recent graduates are faring in four-year colleges, two-year colleges, vocational programs or apprenticeships.