From High School to College Success:
Are NY high school students getting to and through college?

The best measure of college readiness is whether students persist in college and ultimately complete a certificate or degree.

Yet across New York State, too many students – particularly those who graduate from high schools serving the greatest shares of students from low-income backgrounds – leave college without ever earning a diploma. And too often, students, parents, and educators are given little information about whether high schools are actually preparing students to succeed in college.

Using data from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) and the National Student Clearinghouse, we’ve updated our online tool below with recent data to provide clear and transparent information about college enrollment, persistence, and outcomes.

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Every student deserves a K-12 education that prepares them for college, careers, and active citizenship. This includes a high school experience with excellent instruction and strong support. In this tool, you can see the most important measure of college readiness: whether high school graduates who enroll in college actually persist and ultimately earn a college degree or certificate. We include data for students who are estimated to have graduated from New York State high schools in 2012, 2013, or 2014, enrolled the following fall in a New York college or university, and participated in the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) — which provides financial aid to families generally earning up to $80,000 of Net Taxable Income per year for dependent undergraduate students.

For a detailed description of our methodology, please see the data note.

This project was made possible thanks in part to the generous support of: