ERIC Number: EJ705365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Multiple Benefits of Surveying Your Graduates
McNamara, Frank P.
School Administrator, v61 n7 p41 Aug 2004
Schools are under great public pressure to improve student performance and report to the public. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, schools need ways to get timely, useful and important post-graduation information for planning and reporting purposes. Tracking high school graduates can be a time-consuming and frustrating job, especially when it takes place years after their graduation. Sometimes school leaders need outside help. They can contract with a professional firm that builds contact data before students leave high school and keeps it updated on an annual basis. Some firms specialize in surveys in the secondary school market. To be effective, a service has to be initiated in the senior year. If student contact information isn't captured then, it won't be available or easily recoverable later. A plan must be in place for regular contact following graduation, though not so often that it will be viewed as a burden to the student or the student's family, but often enough to keep information up-to-date.
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Graduate Surveys, High School Seniors, Student Surveys, Public Education, Data Collection, Educational Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001