Postsecondary Access & Success

(2015). SDP College-Going Diagnostic for Tennessee . Strategic Data Project.Abstract

SDP launched a College-Going Diagnostic research collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) as part of a larger partnership between the two organizations. In defining the scope of work for this project, TDOE policymakers were particularly interested in investigating how students’ transition from high school to postsecondary education differed across schools, regions, and student subgroups. The SDP College-Going Diagnostic examines the extent to which Tennessee high school students faced specific barriers to postsecondary enrollment, such as inadequate academic preparation for college-level coursework and limited college access.

Jenkins, L., Wisdom, M., & Glover, S. (2012). Increasing College-Going Rates in Fulton County Schools: A Summer Intervention Based on the Strategic Use of Data. Purchase case study on Harvard Education Press websiteAbstract

This case study, published by Harvard Education Press, describes how to use data to challenge assumptions, reveal student needs, address these needs programmatically, and evaluate results. It shows a team of data specialists and educators working together, across institutional and departmental boundaries, to determine why some high school seniors who intend to go to college after graduation do not enroll in the fall. Together, they develop, implement, and evaluate a summer counseling intervention program called Summer PACE to ensure that more students enroll seamlessly in college.

(2013). Graduate Exit Survey Toolkit . Strategic Data Project.Abstract

This toolkit provides useful resources for designing and rolling out a high school graduate exit survey, as well as effectively analyzing survey results in a school district. Anyone who is interested in implementing a high school exit survey, reworking a current exit survey, or effectively analyzing survey results in a school district can leverage this resource.

Learn more about the [Graduate Exit Survey].

2013 May 15

Beyond the Numbers Convening 2013

Wed May 15 (All day) to Fri May 17 (All day)

The third annual SDP Beyond the Numbers Convening, From Classroom to Boardroom: Analytics for Strategy and Performance, was held in Boston, MA on May 15–17, 2013. Participants included SDP Fellows (current and alumni); SDP Fellows’ Supervisors; members of ActivateED, a collaborative effort with Education Pioneers and the Broad Center; SDP Faculty Advisors; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation representatives; Center for Education Policy Research staff; and key leaders in K–12 education.... Read more about Beyond the Numbers Convening 2013

2012 Apr 23

Beyond the Numbers: The Power of Analytic Leaders

(All day)


Boston, MA

Two hundred education leaders from across the country gathered in Boston, MA to attend the 2nd annual Strategic Data Project (SDP) Spring Convening, Beyond the Numbers: The Power of Analytic Leaders. Participants engaged in discussions about improving the use of data and analysis in their respective partner agencies, and partook in a rich set of sessions focused on college-going success and the human capital pipeline. Speakers included Amy Briggs, Chief Operating Officer at Student Achievement Partners; John Friedman, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kenned School; and...

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2013 Apr 27

CEPR-Affiliated Sessions at AERA 2013

Sat Apr 27 (All day) to Wed May 1 (All day)


San Francisco, CA

CEPR affiliates are to present at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting 2013 from April 27–May 1 in San Francisco, CA. The theme of the event this year is “Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy, and Praxis.” CEPR presenters include researchers; steering committee members; and SDP Fellows, Alumni, and Faculty Advisors. The sessions will be an opportunity to learn more about some CEPR research, as well as research done outside of the center by its affiliates. View the list below to see the sessions that include the CEPR network.

2013 Oct 23

CEPR Represented at the College Board Forum 2013

Wed Oct 23 (All day) to Fri Oct 25 (All day)


New York, NY

CEPR-affiliated researchers Lindsay Page and Benjamin Castleman presented their research about the summer melt phenomenon in the session, "College-Intending Students and the Risk of 'Summer Melt," at The College Board Forum 2013. Participants evaluated rigorous evidence regarding successful intervention programs to recognize, meature, track, prevent, and solve the phenomenon. Strategic Data Project Fellow Christopher Leake was also featured in The College Board Reflections video, in which he also references Page and Castleman's summer melt research. 

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