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ERIC Number: ED507645
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov-9
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Measuring Student Achievement at Postsecondary Institutions. Issue Brief
Bearer-Friend, Jeremy
NGA Center for Best Practices
Existing measures of student achievement exclude far too many students and track too few student milestones. These exclusions can penalize institutions for serving disadvantaged students by understating these students' performance. This Issue Brief offers state leaders a formula for measuring systemwide student achievement at postsecondary institutions. Although many areas of postsecondary performance must be measured, student learning is core to the mission of the postsecondary system and instructional costs are the single largest expense for public postsecondary institutions. For these reasons, this Issue Brief focuses on measuring student achievement as a crucial indicator of postsecondary performance. Governors can take four steps to design a postsecondary education data system that meets the needs of their state: (Step 1): Select appropriate student milestones to measure remediation, retention, and attainment; (Step 2): Determine which students to count; (Step 3): Select appropriate benchmarks; and (Step 4): Group achievement rates by student population and institution. The four key student achievement milestones all states should track are: (1) Successful completion of remedial and core courses; (2) Advancement from remedial to credit-bearing courses; (3) Transfer from a two-year institution to a four-year institution; and (4) Credential attainment. Appended is a four-step formula for measuring postsecondary student achievement. (Contains 2 figures and 23 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Governors Association, Center for Best Practices
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act