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The K-20 Information GAP
 

School districts need to know what happens to their students after  
they leave high school. How many of their students go to college? Do they
go to community college, baccalaureate, or graduate school? Are they
prepared for college?  What kinds of challenges do they encounter in
higher education? What kinds of degrees do they seek?  

K-12 educators also need to know how well their programs are working. School districts need tools
to assess whether the special academic programs like GEAR UP, MESA, or Project Lead the Way
are improving college-readiness. Districts cannot measure whether algebra-based math better prepares
students for college than integrated math or whether Advanced Placement courses better prepare
students than Running Start because they don't have access to data on what happens to students
after they graduate.

How joining the STIP network of partners can help

STIP provides a new way for high schools to obtain high-quality information about what happens
to their student after they leave high school.
STIP has an entered into a new agreement
with the Education Research & Development Council (ERDC) which enables us to obtain student-level data
from our partner high schools and colleges. Using these powerful new data sets, STIP will be able to
examine the effect of course-taking behaviors, gateway course performance, and other course-level
behaviors on the likelihood to graduate high school, matriculate to college, and persist to achieve a
college degree. We will then share this information back with our partner schools in with the goal of fueling innovation and improvement.

STIP will help you utilize data to develop, implement, and evaluate effective interventions. STIP uses an intervention science approach to connect student-level data to intervention delivery. STIP specialized reporting can help you target intervention efforts by offering insights into the needs of special segments of your student population. Our intervention science staff can design analytical reports which can help you determine who is benefitting from the interventions you implement. STIP’s goal will be to establish systems that keep us tuned in to your ongoing activities and needs, and to provide actionable information that you can use to develop, evaluate, and improve interventions for student success.

But STIP is not just about data, it’s about the power of information obtained through collaboration. STIP not only provides network partners with insights about their own students' outcomes - our reports also enable partners to compare data and programs with other partner schools.  By participating in the STIP network, partners have access to information about best practices as they emerge.  STIP also provides a forum for partners to interact with each other through organized conferences, webinars, and professional development activities geared to improve effective use of data in decision-making and improvement.