On the Road to Success: How States Collaborate and Use Data to Improve Student Outcomes

As states build more robust data systems for improving student outcomes, there is a need for a common approach to interpret the data. This report describes a set of key indicators of community college student progression and completion benchmarks intended for practitioners and policymakers to use in their reform efforts to increase student achievement. Developed by the Achieving the Dream Cross-State Data Work Group, the final benchmarks, plus interim indicators, enable states and institutions to track student progress toward college completion. The report discusses how interim indicators can identify students in need of intervention to get them back on track, and how the set of measures makes possible cross-state comparisons for those institutions that are committed to making data transparent.

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