The High School Benchmarks Report: National College Progression Rates, expected to be released annually, was created by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Recent years have seen increased interest in the movement from high school to postsecondary institutions, particularly for the low income and minority schools that are covered by the study.
Recent demographic changes within the United States makes this report particularly informative at this time. In addition, the report gives high schools an opportunity - previously unavailable - to compare their graduates' college success to those from similar high schools nationwide.
The report, which presents postsecondary outcomes for high school graduating classes from 2010 through 2012, is based on school-level demographic and geographic characteristics. It covers high schools graduating more than 2.3 million students over three years, or about a quarter of all U.S. high schools graduates each year, from all 50 states.