Palo Alto, CA (PRWEB) June 14, 2012
Charter schools are popping up all over the country, experimenting with innovative approaches to educating 21st century students. States are beginning to measure the success of both charter and traditional schools by tracking how many of their students graduate and move on to college. College acceptance data thus plays an increasingly vital role in school evaluations. CollegeOnTrack’s new Reports feature gives high school administrators a simple way to see where their students have applied to college, the acceptance rates at their schools, and how much scholarship money has been awarded to their students.
Charter schools compete with traditional schools for students. When charter schools write their annual reports, student achievement is a major factor in their assessments. Many schools now set college acceptance rate goals and will benefit from storing and tracking student data with CollegeOnTrack. Marketing VP Phil Roybal says, “A strong track record of college acceptance helps any school stand out. Here’s the data to back up school claims.”
Two New Reports
CollegeOnTrack’s new Administration module offers two reports that help schools demonstrate the strength of their programs. The Admissions Statistics report shows administrators where seniors applied, where they were accepted, and how much scholarship funding the senior class received from each college. Schools can see at a glance where their students want to go to college and how successful they are at getting in. The ability to track scholarship funding helps schools promote the effectiveness of their college counseling and preparation programs. The College Destination report shows which college each student decided to attend. This is useful for developing alumni networks and connecting incoming seniors with graduates who are attending the colleges the seniors are considering.
Financial considerations play an increasing role in determining where a student decides to go to college, so CollegeOnTrack has added financial data to its application tracking. Users see side by side comparisons of the colleges a student has been accepted to; their tuition fees, room and board costs, and the scholarships awarded for each institution. Students, families, and advisors can now make better financial decisions about which colleges to attend.
Taken together, these data-centered tools simplify the college planning process for students and families, and give schools a new tool to monitor the effectiveness of their programs. CollegeOnTrack will be showing the new capabilities to administrators next week at the National Charter Schools Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
CollegeOnTrack was established in 2010, to provide college planning tools for families, schools, and counseling firms. It offers a combination of comprehensive college data, collaboration support, and task management that helps students build a mindset of success as well as create strong college applications. The company was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Berkeley Business Plan competition.
CollegeOnTrack ran successful tests last year at Wilcox and Independence High Schools in Santa Clara County, where students and teachers have been enthusiastic about the product. It was released to the public in January, 2012.
For more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview, contact Philip Roybal at (408) 782-4244, or phil(at)collegeontrack(dot)com.