Since 2002, the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University has provided useful data to MCNC and its member schools. The NCREST Early College Team’s commitment has been to support MCNC’s efforts to develop strong, effective Middle/Early College High Schools and Dual Enrollment programs. Throughout our member schools data is used to make decisions to improve elements of the school. The following data services provided to MCNC members are also available to school reform intermediaries and non-member schools.
- College Enrollment and Performance Reports
NCREST collects and analyzes college transcript data to learn about students’ enrollment and performance in college classes.
- Student Surveys
NCREST conducts online surveys of graduating students to better understand their academic and social needs, attitudes, and progress toward college readiness.
- Student Characteristics
NCREST can provide data on race/ethnicity, gender, and prior academic achievement (8th grade proficiency levels) that helps schools better serve subgroups of students.
- Outcomes of Graduates
Using National Student Clearinghouse data, NCREST can provide information on whether, and where, students attend college after high school graduation.
- School Features and Accomplishments
NCREST administers an annual online school survey and prepares a data report on school features and accomplishments.
- Professional Development
NCREST leads workshops and conference sessions in which participants learn how to understand, use (and come to love) data, with a focus on ways to improve student experiences and outcomes.
- Short-term Research Projects
NCREST is able to design and implement short term research projects to answer pressing questions about students, instruction, school design, etc.
NCREST staff write briefs, reports, summaries of current research, and newsletter articles using data and research results.
Data collection, analysis and feedback allows the school to:
- Increase use of data for decision making (i.e. hiring, course offerings, college partnerships, support services,)
- Set targets and goals and assess outcomes of students.
- Use data to communicate needs, student success and resources
- Understand strengths and weaknesses of your school
- Impact policy to increase student performance options.
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