Postsecondary readiness website updated with new data
The Iowa Department of Education has updated a state website that serves as an indicator of how well-prepared students are for success in postsecondary education and training upon graduation from public high schools in Iowa.
Iowa’s Postsecondary Readiness Reports, a website launched earlier this year, provides student postsecondary enrollment patterns, remedial course-taking rates, and postsecondary retention and completion rates that can be connected to every public high school in Iowa. Data are available statewide and by Iowa high school, as well as by student demographic subgroup, such as race/ethnicity and eligibility for free and reduced-price meals.
Key statewide findings include:
- 70.8 percent of Iowa high school graduates (2012- 13 - 2014-15 cohorts) enrolled in college or training programs within one year of high school graduation.
- 47.3 percent of high school graduates in the 2009- 10 cohort earned some type of postsecondary award within six years of high school graduation.
- 89.3 percent of students who enroll in college do so within the first year and 94.3 percent within two years of high school graduation.
- 16.5 percent of students enrolled at an Iowa public institution (2014-15 cohort) took a remedial math class within one year of high school graduation.
- 7.6 percent of students enrolled at an Iowa public institution (2014-15 cohort) took a remedial English class within one year of high school graduation.
The website supports the Future Ready Iowa initiative, which calls for 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce to have education or training beyond high school by 2025.
The Postsecondary Readiness Reports connect data from the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Workforce Development and the Board of Regents.
For more information, visit the Postsecondary Readiness Reports website.