COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS.MEMO NO. 69

March 28, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

School Division Access to College Enrollment Data Through the National Student Clearinghouse

 

As part of the Virginia Board of Education's postsecondary readiness study, the Virginia Department of Education has purchased a one-year subscription to the National Student Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse provides a central, nationwide repository of information on the enrollment status and educational achievements of postsecondary students.

 

As part of the agreement with the National Student Clearinghouse, the Virginia Department of Education has agreed to pay the annual StudentTracker for High Schools fee for all public high school districts and high schools located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This provision in the contract provides school divisions the opportunity to obtain information about the postsecondary enrollment status and educational achievements of high school students who have completed high school in their division.

 

In order to access the service, the National Student Clearinghouse requires school divisions to agree to the terms in the attached StudentTracker for High Schools Agreement. The state's current contract is effective February 15, 2008 through February 15, 2009, and may be used to obtain postsecondary enrollment data on students as far back as 2002. Please note that the fee schedule on page 5 of this document shows the cost of the service per high school in the event that the Virginia Department of Education does not renew the subscription next year.

 

According to the Clearinghouse, school divisions that currently subscribe to the service are eligible for a pro-rated refund.

 

I encourage you to consider the value this information can provide to your schools, and take advantage of this free opportunity. For more information about the services available to Virginia's public schools and districts, visit the Clearinghouse website, http://www.studentclearinghouse.org/ or contact Joe Roof, Regional Director, Atlantic Coast Region, National Student Clearinghouse at 386-740-0146, or e-mail: roof@studentclearinghouse.org.

 

If you have any questions concerning this service, please contact Dr. Deborah Jonas, Executive Director for Research and Strategic Planning, at (804) 225-2067 or via e-mail: Deborah.Jonas@doe.virginia.gov.

 

 

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Attachment

 

a. StudentTracker for High Schools Agreement (Word)