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Letter: More data is needed to assess success of high school graduates

More data is needed to assess success of high school graduates

It is very nice to read about the moderate gains that suburban school districts have made in the rates of high school graduation. Also, about the 8-point leap in the Buffalo schools for 2013. This is good news.

Now, I would like to know how these graduates transitioned to the next phase of their lives. What percentage of all graduates moved on to community colleges, colleges, universities, the military, employment and private trade schools. What percentage flowed into the pool of the unemployed or underemployed?

One purpose of high school is to assist graduates in their transition to the next phase of their lives.

In the late 1990s I engaged in a number of followup or transition studies with a number of local school districts. These studies were conducted two years after high school graduation to provide the districts with followup data on Regents, local, vocational and special needs graduates.

I believe a need for this type of data still exists.

Albert Pautler

Professor Emeritus

University at Buffalo